|'Mushrooms Ahead' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Our choices can be overwhelming. And sanded pastel paper can be expensive. Wouldn't it be great to sometimes just take out a piece of Canson paper and a few pastels and paint a quick painting? No big plans. No messy underpaintings. No big expense. Just pure expression on paper. Like today's painting....a few pastels on Canson paper.
I like to go back to basics sometimes. I like to do quick studies on Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Just for fun and for practice. I am always trying to get in my Miles of Canvas! In my latest digital Demo Download I share my approach for a quick study on Canson. The demo is available in my Etsy shop for $6. You can view in online as a PDF or print it out and follow along.
|a screen shot of the Demo download|
Here is an excerpt from the demo:
Like many artists new to pastels, I first started with Canson Mi-Teintes paper, someNuPastels and some Rembrandts. And like many I struggled with this combination. Icouldnʼt get the rich colors that I admired in so many pastel paintings. Mine were muddyand dull. Once I discovered sanded papers and softer pastels I didnʼt buy any more.Canson paper. I decided I didnʼt like it. I am so glad that I decided to give it another tryafter seeing the work of several artists who do beautiful work on Canson.
|A photo from my demo|
If this painting looks familiar to you from my recent YouTube video it is the same scene! I painted two versions. The first was for the YouTube video and the second one was done as a Time Lapse video for my digital demo download. You can see the time lapse video at this link:
|The pastels I ised for this painting|
I am excited to share these demos with you. I never have enough space on a blog post to share all I would like so these mini lessons allow me to share even more! Thank you!