|'Mystery on the Marsh' 19.5 x 25 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Yes we do tend to have favorite colors and colors we never use. We claim we don't like them. Even if we are one of the few who love every color in the box we probably still use some colors more than others.
Recently I took a look in my box and realized that I had an abundance of Brown pastels. Brown as in Crayon box brown. All of these brown pastels were pristine. Even my favorite Terry Ludwig pastels sat untouched....if they were brown. I didn't like brown. I though brown was dull and boring. I avoided brown. If something was supposed to be brown I would use purple or blue or anything that was more colorful than brown.
But I have changed my mind. I have decided to embrace Brown. There are times when brown really works. I realized that brown often is just a dark value yellow and I really like yellow! I challenged myself to use brown in a painting. I took it a step further and painted my yellow and brown landscape on a piece of brown Canson paper. Forcing myself to use brown helped me see the beauty in it! Now I look forward to using those wonderful browns!
Try This: Look in your pastel box and see if you have any pristine, unused or rarely used pastels. Why haven't you used these colors? Challenge yourself to use them in a painting. Embrace your new color!