|'River Crossing' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
At the start of the demo I stressed the importance of applying the pastel with a light touch. My focus is on remembering that the right touch is a light touch. Applying the pastel with light whispering strokes will allow for more layers and more interesting build up of color.
Sometimes a light touch is not enough. Sometimes a heavier touch is needed. A shouting mark is called for.
|A Shouting Mark|
Heavier marks can be done at any stage in the painting but they are typically my finishing marks....done at the end of the painting . Shouting marks often create harder edges. They are often my spices....marks of an intense color, or a darker or lighter mark and often near my focal area. When I make a mark with a heavier touch I make sure I make it with authority. I shout!
Mark making in pastel is like brushwork in oils....we all have our own unique personal calligraphy. I like to whisper and shout with the side of my pastel. What types of marks do you like to make?