|'Back to the Wetlands' 6x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
- I use a very light touch....my pastel is like a feather and it dances across the paper....lightly.
- I start by matching the colors and/or values of the underpainting. I may layer other colors but I do it in stages...and with care.
- Every mark has a purpose and it thought out. By the time I have done the underpainting I already have the composition and value map in place. Adding the pastel is done with thought. It is when I find myself making random marks...without thought...that I overwork the painting and cover up the underpainting.
- I am not compelled to cover up all of the underpainting. If there is a section of watercolor that I like I will leave it alone or add just a whisper of pastel. Let it breath!
|The watercolor underpainting done on mat board that has a coat of clear gesso for tooth|
|Adding pastel by starting with the dark areas.|
|Adding pale yellows to the sky and the water|
|adding blues to the distant land|
|Adding golds and oranges to the grasses|
|Adding a few blades of grass for the final touches|