|'Beyond the Tall Grass' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available for purchase $350
That was my concept for this painting. I needed to find a way to create the tangle of grasses with pastels. It called for some texture. Yes I could suggest texture through the linear marks of my pastel strokes. But I wanted physical texture...impasto. I wanted a thick build up of pastel. It was time to experiment.
|4x4 plein air study|
- I decided I would use clear gesso and a stiff brush to paint over the grassy foreground. (see photo below)
- I let it dry and then went back over the area with the side of my pastel letting it glide over the nooks and crannies left by the brushmarks and gesso.
- I repeated this several times until I got the textural quality I wanted.
This worked well for me but on the same day I was working on this painting, Richard McKinley's Pastel Pointer blog addressed this very topic of creating impasto texture with pastels. I will be trying his techniques soon! Here is a link to Richard's post on impasto.
|applying clear gesso to the foreground|
|close up of the texture in the foreground|
I used clear gesso which has a bit of grittiness to it. You could also experiment with pastel grounds or for even more fun try any of the acrylic grounds by Golden. There is no limit to the fun you can have!