|'Where the Sweet-Grass Grows' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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|My Terry Ludwig Mystery Box|
Before I put theses pastels into my big box I wanted to give myself a challenge. I did it last year with a mystery box. In fact everyone in my class ordered a box and we all took the challenge. So here is the Challenge Rules:
Paint something using only the pastels in the mystery box. Even if you do under paintings you have to use only the pastels in the set.....no watercolor or anything else. Any subject.
I happened to have a photo in my LowCountry collection that features a large expanse of Sweet Grass. A perfect subject for the pinks in my set. I started with a dry underpainting using the reds in the set. I did use a piece of compressed charcoal to do my drawing. Other than that....it is all mystery colors!
You can take the challenge even if you missed out on the Mystery sets. Just have someone choose 14 random pastels out of your pastel collection. Don't peek! Now challenge yourself to make a painting using these colors. It is a great exercise that will really stretch you! I'll post some tips in an upcoming post.