|'Down the Virgin River' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available on Etsy $145
I found this happening to me in my recent paintings of the Southwest. I have been painting a lot of red rocks. I was happy with the pastel sticks I was using. They were giving me the glowing red rock look that I was trying for. I was also happy to be using the set of Terry Ludwig pastels I had chosen at the IAPS convention.
But I realized that all of the paintings were starting to look alike. I wanted to paint the canyons under other light and conditions and this required a change of color palette. I chose a different set of colors and did a small color study with them to see how they would work together.
|color study 2.5 x 3.5 pastel|
- Do small color studies to try out potential color palettes. I like to use 2.5x3.5 scrap paper.
- Get color ideas from other art that you enjoy. You aren't copying the work, merely being inspired by other color palettes.
- Choose a pastel stick that you never use and build a color palette around this color.
- Pick the color that you use most often in your work.....now put this stick aside and don't use it at all in a painting. (this is hard to do!)