|'Traveling Clouds' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I needed some drama. My clouds were too boring. The painting began as a demo on painting clouds. My goal was to share ideas for painting a fair weather day....blue skies and happy puffy white clouds. My demos are usually designed to teach something not to make a great painting. So as demos go, my clouds were just fine. But as paintings go....the clouds needed to be energized.
Next I worked on the land. I usually finish the sky and then work my way down but this time I wanted to have the sky work with the lighting and colors on the ground.
Now on to the sky. I used some of the same ground colors in the sky. I used some peaches and yellows. It was better but still not enough punch. I needed something else..... I looked around the studio and spied the box of Schminke pastels I left out from earlier in the week. Super soft and buttery yellows! That is what I needed!
|After....closeup of interesting clouds|
The next time you are looking for drama.....try some super soft pastels and don't be afraid to make some bold marks!