|'The Goldenrod is Yellow' 6x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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What is the secret to vibrant yellows?
|'Nature's Finest' 4x4 pastel|
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I saw this happen in real life last week when painting this wonderful field of Goldenrods. There were several large expanses of Goldenrod in it's full glory. It was almost overwhelming. But off to the side of my easel was a smaller patch of yellow and mixed in were some wonderful purple wildflowers. The patch really stood out and caught my eye.
I also noticed that the yellows looked more vibrant against the grayed green of the tall grasses. So I incorporated both of these ideas in my paintings.
|'Fields of Yellow' 5x7 pastel|
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- Don't just use local color....if I wasn't really looking I might have painted the flowers yellow and the foliage dark green. Not as interesting!
- Purple is the secret of yellow...find a way to incorporate some purple into your yellow painting (without going overboard!) Use it in the block in or use it for punctuation marks.
- Orange is the friend of yellow. I find if I gradually build up to my most vibrant yellows by using a duller orange first...it makes the yellows pop.
- Surround your vibrant yellows with a duller, greyed down color. If everything is vibrant....nothing is vibrant.
- Mix some warm yellows with some cool yellows.
- Use your softest pastels for the final yellow marks....don't be afraid to use bold strokes!