|'Winter I' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel sold|
I have been addressing the topic of working with a limited palette in my recent posts. Today I'd like to share my trick (actually just a tip but trick sounds more magical!) for working with a limited pastel palette.
First have a look at these 10 miniature pastel winter landscapes. These were all painted using my Richard McKinley Great American set of pastels. There are 78 pastels in the set but I didn't even use half of them. I probably only used 30 or so colors.
|'Winter II' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel $15|
|'Winter III' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel SOLD|
|'Winter IV' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel sold|
|'Winter V' 2.5 x. 3.5 pastel $15|
|'Winter VI' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel $15|
|'Winter VII' 3.5 x 2.5 pastel sold|
|'Winter VIII' 3.5 x 2.5 pastel sold|
|'Winter IX' 3.5 x 2.5 pastel sold|
|'Winter X' 3.5 x 2.5 pastel sold|
- Don't worry about the color of the pastel. Choose the pastel you will use by VALUE not color. That means that you don't have to focus solely on Local Color. In other words tree trunks don't have to be brown, foliage isn't always green and snow doesn't have to be white.
- Look instead at how light or dark the thing is. Ask yourself is this clump of bushes light, medium of dark? Then choose pastels that are the correct value. So a dark clump of bushes could be dark purple or dark blue or red. A light cloud could be pale purple, blue or yellow. Imagine the possibilities when you free yourself of the idea of staying absolutely true to local color!
If you get the Value right the object will read correctly!
- This tip works only if you have a selection of light, middle value and dark pastels. You don't many of each but you do need to have a range of values. Many of the general pastel sets tend to be heavy on the middle values so you may have to supplement with a few pastels from open stock. OR you can lighten and darken a color with white or black but this isn't as satisfying or successful as having a good range of values.
These 10 mini original pastels are my first release of monthly minis. They are available for purchase in my Etsy shop for $15 each. Each month I will be releasing a new series relating to the month. They would make a great collection!