|'A Bright Spot in my Day' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase this painting here $195
A memorable party has a lot to do with the chemistry of the invited guests. A good mix or balance of personalities can make or break the party. Too many high energy people ....and the neighbors may complain. Too many quiet people can be a bore.
Paintings are like that. Think about color. Too much bright, intense, loud, pure color can lead to a painting that doesn't hold the viewer's attention for long. I love the quote is "All color is No color". If everything is screaming for attention, where do we look? On the other hand too much dull, neutral or grayed down color can be beautiful but could also be uninteresting without a little spice.
In my post yesterday I introduced Mr. Red and Ms. Gray.....they represent pure color and grayed color or neutrals. A painting benefits from having both quiet areas and spicy areas. Just as a party benefits from high energy 'Life of the Party' (Mr. Reds) people and quiet but interesting people.(Ms. Gray)
|Underpainting with pastel and water|
I try to have a balance of both in my paintings. Not an equal amount but a balance. If I have a painting with a majority of intense pure color I want to be sure to have a smaller amount of dull or neutral colors to balance and set off the intensity of the pure colors. If I have a quiet painting with a lot of grayed down colors I try to incorporate a smaller amount of brighter intense color for spice.
|detail showing intense color next to quiet color|
Painting notes: I did a water wash on 16x20 Pastelmat using bright colored Nupastels.