|'The View in Yellow' 20 x26 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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My new motto is "I shall not leave a pastel stick untouched" I will start at Brown and work my way through my box. The brown pastels in my box have been very lonely. They are for the most part pristine and untouched. I rarely (if ever) use brown. Today we got acquainted and it was fun.
Do you have colors you rarely use? Go look inside you pastel box. Are there any pastel that are still in their wrappers? Any still in one whole piece? Any that look brand new? Make a note of these colors. Now how about the pastels that are the smallest....the ones you tend to pick up and use in every painting. Make note of these colors. Get to know your color bias and plan to get to know new colors.
I have a fun exercise that will challenge you to try new color palettes! Read on for more:
|A painting by Andree Thobaty inspired my color palette|
- Make yourself comfortable and pull out some art magazines or art books. Browse through them looking ONLY at the colors in the art.
- When you find a painting with a color scheme that gets your attention, tear it out or bookmark it.
- Once you have a few selected go through them and choose the paintings that have colors you never use. (think about those untouched colors)
- Paint: Use the colors in the painting to do your own painting of the subject of your choice. You are only using the magazine reference for the color palette....not the painting subject or style. It is best if you look at the painting and select the pastels (colors) that you see and pull them out of your box.
- TIP: Choose a subject that is nothing like your reference so you wont be tempted to copy the image. Turning the reference picture upside down will also help.
|close up of my marsh|
Painting notes: This painting is done on dark brown Canson paper with Terry Ludwig pastels 20 x 26