|'Jewels in the Wheat' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I know that practice has a lot to do with success. Honestly I never spent much time improving my underpaintings. It may be part practice but the choice of materials also has a lot to do with success. The enjoyment of the materials and process also leads to more practice.
I have discovered a new option for doing watercolor underpaintings.
|A vibrant watercolor underpainting using Cretacolor Aqua Briques|
Aqua Brique is a solid water-soluble block of color used as a traditional watercolor cake or for drawing dry or wet. Use on wet paper for subtle watercolor effects or draw with it dry and apply water with a brush. Special pigments ensure luminous colors, outstanding water-solubility, and exceptional lightfastness.
About today's painting: This is a scene from the wheat (barley?) fields in Normandy, France. I discovered this wonderful vibrant patch of purple thistle growing at the edge of the field. They sparkled like jewels against the golden wheat. 11x14 on white wallis with Terry Ludwig and Diane Townsend pastels.