|'City Sidewalks II' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love color so I tend to avoid the duller colors in my box. I have discussed this before. I love to wear brown but don't like painting with it! For some reason today a few pristine brown pastels looked appealing. I pulled them out of the box of spares and set about finding a subject to paint.
Flipping through my photos I found the perfect choice....a nocturne. And even better it was a cityscape at night. At night we don't see as much color. The colors we do see are dull. Think browns, olives, grayed violets, ochres. I love finding just the right dull, dark and grayed down color for a night time scene. Night time isn't gray and black! There is color, it is just duller.
Dull colors also allow those bright spots of light found in a cityscape to come alive. The lights will appear to be lit when surrounded by the darker duller colors.