|'Tomorrow's Promise' 12x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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If every artist made the same color choices our paintings would all look the same!
The beauty of art is that we have choices and possibilities. Sure there are some general guiding principles for choosing colors. Certain colors or toned papers will effect the way the painting will ultimately look. Colors can create a mood or make the other colors used in a painting appear different.
|I chose a warm underpainting in reds and oranges to create the warm glow of the sunset|
The only way we will know how the colors will interact is to try them and see what happens. Practice and experience with many different underpaintings will lead to more intuitive choices. If you have experienced what red does under green for example then you will have a better idea of when to use it.
So take the time to experiment. One of the best exercises I ever did was Richard McKinley's Underpainting exercise. He recommends doing the same simple painting with the same colors on 9 (I think) different color surfaces and underpainting types. The details are in his wonderful book Pastel Pointers. Try it and I promise you will not regret it. You will learn so much about choosing underpainting colors.