|'Golden Memories' 10x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am guilty. I always seem to paint inside the box. The standard box. I always choose standard size papers for my paintings....5x7, 8x10, 11x14. It is easy and less expensive to frame a standard size painting. But it is limiting. Sometimes the subject is better served by a non standard size support. Sometimes we need to go outside of the box!
Today's addition to my aspen series is the perfect example. My concept for this painting was to express the immense spread of gorgeous aspen trees in their autumn splendor. I decided that a long and narrow format would be the best way to showcase this stand of trees. I cut a piece of white pastel Premier paper to 10x20 and got to work.
|Cretacolor Aqua Briques....Love these for watercolor underpaintings. Thanks Nancy!|
|I added some kosher salt for texture|
|The finished underpainting. click to enlarge for details.|
|A close up of the underpainting. I see interesting possibilities here. Lots of fun!|
After the underpainting was dry I began to add pastel. To keep things simple I used the same pastel palette as yesterday's painting. I began by reinforcing the dark areas with dark blues and greens. I also used a gray violet to put in the tree trunks.
Next I worked on the sky. I added a few different blue pastels. I used negative painting to pull out the shapes of the foliage. I wanted to allow some of the watercolor to show through so I didn't paint all of the foliage.
To finish the painting I added detail to some of the trunks and added a few leaf shapes. This unusual size doesn't translate well in a photo for some reason. I am happy that it suits the vision I had for this painting. It was fun to paint outside the 8x10 box today!