|'Meadow Spirits' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I was vacuuming the studio when the cord knocked over a box of black and white pastels. Upside down. All over the floor. I wasn't even planning to keep them. They were the black, white and gray pastels that came in my new DT pastel set. I figured I wouldn't be painting with black and white so I was going to offer them to students.
As I picked the pastels up and put them in the box. (only one casualty) I began to see the possibilities. I love black and white photography so why not a black and white painting?
|Diane Townsend pastels|
I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed painting with these 4 pastels and learned a few lessons.
|Black & White painting with Value Thumbnails|
- I thought I would miss using color. After all one of the things that we are most drawn to as pastelists is the color! But I found it was one less thing to worry about. By removing the issue of color and color choices I was able to focus on the painting itself.
- Without color VALUE was easier to see and to judge. I only had to deal with four values so it made it easier to simplify the painting.
- Without color I was able to pay more attention to EDGES. Where would I use soft edges? Where would I add more detail and sharper edges.
- It was easier to understand atmospheric perspective without color. I had to make use of tools other than color to create the illusion of depth....such as lighter values and less contrast and detail in the distance.
I plan to keep my black and white and gray pastels. I enjoyed this little experiment and I will be painting with them again!