|'Where the Lupine Grow' 12x15 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Then the music got turned up and began to paint. All of my neat organized lines of pastels became a jumble. I hadn't given much thought to what I would do with the pastels once I finished a painting. Would I put them back in my big studio box and start over for each painting? Would I try to stay neat and organized?
I decided not to clean up and just keep going! I was caught up in the moment. The plan was made, colors selected. Now it was time to just paint! After the ten paintings were done, I ended up with four trays of pastels. This is actually quite limited if you consider the hundreds of pastels I could choose from!
|The 4 trays of pastels used for my paint-a-thon|
I ended up using many of the same colors in each painting only adding a few different colors as the subject required. I didn't decide in advance to keep using the same core group of pastels, but the end result was nice color harmony among all of the paintings. They all work on their own but look like they go together in a group.
TIP: I used to work from a very messy box of pastels. I changed to a more organized master box of pastels arranged by color and value. I choose a limited palette before each painting and put them on a butcher tray. I find I can be more intuitive and painterly when I don't have to pause and search for the 'right' pastel.
|The original unfinished demo that I finished during|
the paint-a-thon. Can you spot the changes?