|'The Grand Finale' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available through Daily Paintworks $165
Sometimes I just want to get in there with some of my softest, juiciest pastels and just paint. I don't bother with a slow build-up of pastel layers. I just start by quickly blocking in the big shapes of light and dark. I try to be bold and sure of my strokes. Since the pastels are so soft, they fill the tooth of the paper quickly. I also try to stop painting before I overwork it and create muddy colors. Read on for a step by step demo of this painting.
|step by step demo|
- (from left to right) I am using Uart paper. It has a nice manilla color that isn't distracting if it peeks through in spots. I lightly sketch in the big shapes with a Nupastel. I am working from a small photo of a marsh sunset but I made quite a few changes.
- Next I choose a few dark pastels and block in the dark shapes. I am using Terry Ludwig darks.
- I begin to model the trees and block in the distant land mass with some blue-purples.
- Now it is time to block in the sky. In my photo the sunset sky was just orange. I decided to add some clouds and used another photo for inspiration. I blocked the clouds in quickly using several pink and peach pastels. The lower cloud bank had more purples. I filled in the space with a pale blue sky. I didn't blend the clouds or sky at all. I put down a stroke and left it alone (hard to do but I made myself stop)
- The finishing touches: I put some of the pinks down into the water and dragged some of the land color down into the water to create reflections. I also added some darker orange to the tree tops to give them some of the sunset glow.