|'My Snowy Friend' 12 x 12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available for $175 in my Etsy Shop
Even 100 pastels are too many for a single painting.
I choose to work with a limited palette and always take a few minutes to choose my pastels before I start a painting. I typically use no more than 25 pastels for a painting. How do I decide what colors to pick? I think VALUE before COLOR.
|reference photo and test paper|
- I will be blocking in my Egret by value....darks first, then lights, then middle values so I choose 3-4 pastels in each of four values: dark, middle dark, middle light and light.
- I choose the darks first. I line the pastels in my butcher tray.
- Next I choose 3-4 light values.
- I choose a few middle values.
- I don't think solely in terms of the local color. I want to layer interesting color. Sometimes I will push it towards the local color and sometimes I don't worry about getting the color accurate. I do want to get the values accurate.
Remember that VALUE does the work but COLOR gets the glory!
|Choosing my palette and testing values|
The marks have to touch.
|25 pastels for the painting|
12x12 on Uart