|'Winter Walk' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
There is a third option but it is the last resort. I always try to rework a painting before I choose to wipe off or throw away a painting. I don't like to give up or waste a perfectly good piece of paper. I know many artists like to get rid of the paintings that didn't work but I don't mind them hanging around the studio waiting for another chance.
I decided to give this old painting another chance. It has been hanging out in my studio in a pile for a few years. It was actually a demo I did on a 16x20 Pastelbord. I found it in the pile the other day and decided to have a closer look. Could it be revived?
|The original demo painting|
|brushing out the bad parts|
Option #1 BRUSH OUT the pastel in the areas to be corrected
I use a stiff bristle brush and simply brush off the pastel. I make sure to have a tray under my board to catch the dust. If I am brushing off a large area of pastel I will do it outside or over a big garbage can.
You won't remove all of the pastel. There will still be a ghost image but enough pastel will be removed to allow for more layers of pastel to be applied. This is what I did for the trees. I brushed them out so that I could repaint them and vary their size and direction.
|spraying workable fixative in areas to be restored|
I love using workable fixative to restore overworked areas of a painting. I will sometimes brush off some pastel before spraying by often just spray the areas I want to refresh. The fixative 'fixes' the pastel in place allowing for more pastel to be added without disturbing the colors underneath. It also provides a bit of texture which I love!
In this painting I decided to use workable fixative in the brush and foreground snow. It allowed me to add chunkier marks to the brush. I was also able to brighten the snow with some new Diane Townsend light pastels (my favorite snow colors)