|'Bumblebees Welcome' 12x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available in my Etsy shop $350
I don't throw anything out. If you've been following my studio clean up saga than you know this is true! I don't throw out paintings. If they aren't finished or I am not happy with them I stack them in a pile on a shelf....foamcore and all. Today it was time to tackle this huge pile of foamcore and unfinished or just plain bad paintings. (11 years accumulation)
|Recycling the old pieces of foamcore|
I found several paintings that I want to finish. I now know what to do! I was happy to find this meadow painting because now I knew exactly how I wanted to paint the bees. I have learned how to simplify and to say more with less.
Bumblebees are just a collection of a few carefully placed strokes.
- I use just a few pastels for the bees....a dark purple (Terry Ludwig eggplant) a dark blue Nupastel, a warm and cool yellow (very soft), pale lavenders and a bright blue.
- I decide where to place the bee and make a small mark with the dark purple. I don't do any drawing! It is all a matter of making marks.
- I place two small marks next to the purple with the warm yellow. I add a touch of the cool yellow. Softer pastels such as Schminkes are perfect for the bees. They leave a nice juicy mark.
- I make these marks and leave them alone.
- I use the pale lavenders to suggest the wings.
- The hints of legs are done with the sharp edge of the dark blue Nupastel.
- I use the bright blue for an accent on the dark parts of the bee.
- Each bee is a collection of about 10 strokes.
|Close up of the bees. Click to enlarge|
|Sorting through the old paintings|