|'A Good Summer for Lace' 6x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting here $65
Today I decided to tackle my pastels. I have a lot of pastels. Ten years worth of collecting. Pastel people will understand. I have boxes and boxes of pastels on my shelf in various storage arrangements. I do have a big studio box that is filled to overflowing. These pastels are organized by color and value. I have some special sets that I like to keep separate and they go on my shelf. I also have boxes of leftovers....duplicate colors, smaller pieces, halves from other sets. These are the boxes that I wanted to do something with.
I never use the pastels on the 'leftover' shelf! I needed to find a way to make them visible and accessible....Costco to the rescue!
|The BEFORE shot. Pastels are everywhere!|
|The 'In PROGRESS' shot|
|The 'After' shot. Drawers are filled with my leftovers which now can be seen and used!|
- I decided to organize the pastels by color. I have a lot of greens so I used two drawers and separated them into cools and neutrals and another drawer for warms.
- I used a one drawer each for blues, purples, red, oranges, and yellows.
- One drawer is devoted to lights and colorful grays (this will be a great drawer to take out for clouds)
- One drawer is used for my Diane Townsend Terrages. I have about 50 of them but never remember to use them because they have been closed up in boxes! (I have room for a few more too)
- I have one empty drawer so I will work with this system for awhile and decide what I might use the last drawer for. hmmmm maybe for my harder pastels?
Note on how I use my pastels: I use butcher trays and choose my pastel palette before each painting. I put these pastels in the tray. So this system will work for me because I always spend a few minutes before starting a painting going through my pastels to choose my working palette. Now that they are in plain sight I will have a lot more pastels available for me to choose from when deciding on the working palette.
Painting notes: This painting is on watercolor paper that was coated with clear gesso to give texture.