|'Mountain Dreams' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
I remind myself that color gets the glory but it is value that does all the work. If I can get the value masses in the right place and determine the correct values in the subject then I can safely get away with more interesting color choices. It is all about layering color by value.
I may end up with a mostly green tree or meadow....but I use other colors in a similar value to build up to my final color. So the dark areas in the tree and meadow are painted with layers of dark blue, purple, red and then green. This allows for more exciting dark areas than if I had only used a dark green alone.
|Pastels used for today's painting|
I was able to finish the painting with only these 16 pastels. It is a believable landscape because I concentrated on trying to get the value shapes correct. I picked colors that would also be believable in this landscape but I could have done the same demo using totally unexpected colors.....hmmmm now there's a great idea! Back to the easel!
Do you ever get overwhelmed by all of the colors in your box? Try this exercise of choosing 16 pastels by value and see if it helps!