|'Spirit Meadow' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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It wasn't too unfamiliar because I tend to work in a similar way. But there are some things Doug did that I will be using more often. He didn't do a wet underpainting but rather did a block in with four colors. Follow along with my demo for more.
|The 4 pastels I chose for my block in.|
While looking at my black & white thumbnail I block in the big simple shapes with the four colors. I don't look at the reference photo for this step. I am using a piece of burgundy Canson Mi-Teintes paper. After blocking in the 4 colors I rub in the lights so the dark paper won't be distracting.
At this point I evaluate the design of the painting and it is just a matter of adding more color and details and refining the shapes. I put aside the thumbnail and work from my photo.
I add some dark greens to the trees. Add some yellows to the sky. I add some cooler colors to the distant tree line. I am using a light touch and glazing over the first layer of pastel.
I continue to refine shapes. I make more skyholes in the trees. I add the bright yellow green in the distant meadow. At this point I have to decide where I want to soften some edges and where I want to have the most clarity and sharper edges. Can you tell where I used hard edges? Soft?
More refining. I add some pale yellow to the sky and glaze some yellow green onto the purple grasses. I thought I was done at this point until I took a break and came back to the painting. I decided the painting needed some punctuation marks.....some little pops of color. I add them. You can see them in the top photo. Can you see where they are?
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