|'The Grand Finale' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Since yellow was the main color of my paintings I learned a few things about working with yellow. I found that I gravitated to a few favorite pastels for my foliage. Here they are in the photo below. My most-used pastels were two Schmincke pastels, a Unison and a few Terry Ludwig pastels. I have always found yellow a challenging color to work with but I have discovered a few things that have helped me.
|A collection of Yellow pastels|
TIPS FOR YELLOW
- Block in the yellow areas with darker muted yellows such as an ochre or dull orange-yellow. Save the brighter more intense yellows for the top layers.
- Consider what is next to or behind the yellow areas. The yellow will be affected by the colors that surround it. (simultaneous contrast) Using the complements to yellow and yellow-orange will make the yellows vibrate and make them pop. Blues and purples next to the yellow for example will make the yellow appear to be more intense.
- Use duller yellows. The neutral or dull ugly yellows are needed to make the pure yellows pop.
- Use very soft pastels for your final yellow marks. I find the Schminke yellows to do an except job for my final marks in any area of yellow. They are so soft and creamy and lend a nice touch of texture to the painting.
Now I will move on to a new project. I hope you have enjoyed following the progression of my series. Perhaps you are inspired to do a series of your own! Below are the 14 paintings that I completed over the last two weeks. Most are available in my etsy shop here.