|'The Many Moods of the Marsh' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I was drawn to the quietness of the marsh under it's blanket of mist. I was drawn to the softness of the colors. I especially loved seeing how the muted colors of the sky allowed many overlooked colors to come alive. But how to capture these colors in a painting? I wanted to paint this moody marsh!
|a muted underpainitng|
You've probably heard it before. In painting, value provides the structure and form but it is color that provides the emotion in a painting. I would need to find the colors to express the moodiness. We might think that dreary gray days would call for gray pastels. That is true.....in a way.
I think of gray pastels as GRAYED down colors. That is colors that are neutralized or muted yet still retaining color. I avoid any gray pastel that is made with just white and black which is not a very interesting gray.
To paint a moody marsh I would need to choose muted colors! What colors would work?
Back to the idea of value doing the work. I could choose any colors as long as the values were right. So all I had to do was choose some muted colors in the value range of my scene and I should get moody! I selected 4 values of pink/mauve for the underpainitng. It was the perfect choice. The neutral. grayed down pinks gave me the mood I wanted and allowed the touches of green to really pop.
What other underpainting colors would work to create a moody landscape?