|'Ribbon of Blue' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available $250
I've been thinking a lot about it lately. Painting loose. What does it mean and how do we do it? I just finished a presentation demo and workshop for the Appalachian Pastel Society and this was the topic. I've read a lot of advice on the subject and most if it seems to be easier said than done. Advice such as Relax. Let Go. Be Free. Be Bold and fearless. Have Confidence. Sounds good but I need something more concrete to follow.
I came up with some suggestions and tips that I shared in my workshop. I'd like to share a few with you in my blog. The tips I will present are in no particular order. Here is the first tip.
Color Studies save time and lead to better color harmony and more expressive paintings.
|my reference photo and small color study|
- Nothing slows you down faster and interrupts the flow of a painting more than searching for the right colors and values. Choosing colors in advance saves time and aggravation.
- Having a limited selection of pastels leads to better color harmony because you are not tempted to use too many colors in one painting (color chaos)
- Trying out the selected palette in a small color study allows you to see andmake adjustments on a smaller scale.
- I like to do color studies on scraps of pastel paper. My preferred size is 2.5x3.5.
- Make sure the color study is done on the same type and color paper you will use for your painting.
Painting notes: This is the demo from my workshop. It is 16x20 on Uart with a value alcohol wash underpainitng.