|'Morning Meditation' 5x7 pastel @Karen Margulis|
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|Watercolor Underpainting for 'Morning Meditation'|
Richard points out in his post that this is very often due to the fact that we have lost the value structure or never had it in the first place and we need to establish it with pastel....hence often covering up the underpainitng. Aha!!! That makes so much sense.
In his post Richard shares a technique he is using to have a strong value map in place that will not wash away with the wonderful wet underpainting.
Step One: To accomplish this he begins with a loose value drawing on the surface with a pastel pencil. Next the drawing is sealed with a coat of clear gesso. The clear gesso has an additional benefit of being slightly gritty. This grittiness adds interesting texture to the painting. You can exploit this by the way you paint the gesso over the drawing. Your brushstrokes and the thickness of the gesso will have an effect on the way the pastel layers will look. Click on the painting below to see the texture of the gesso.
|'Dance in a Meadow' 5x7 pastel|
|underpainting for an unfinished work|