|'A Special Kind of Quiet' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The fun continues. The plan was to paint two of the commission paintings every day until I am finished. They are taking longer than planned but only because I have discovered a great warm-up exercise...painting a pastel first.
I know it may seem crazy but there is a method to my madness. The panels I am using for the paintings are big. 4 x 5 feet is bigger than I have ever painted and they are acrylic. Both of these things are out of my comfort zone. It is a bit daunting but painting a pastel version first allows me to step up to the big white panels with confidence.
Return to your comfort zone to warm-up for working in new and uncharted territory.
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I am only using this limited palette. Keeping it simple!
The underpainitng. I needed to cover up the white panels so I am using warm colors so help give the final warm glow I want.
Next I block in the darks. I am working the exact same way I did with the pastel. I am just using a big brush instead of a pastel stick.
Here are all of my reference paintings. I really don't look at them. The image is now in my head and the panels take on a life of their own.
The finished panels. The details are hard to see in the photo. The client wants the painting to look fresh and simple. They want them to have a care free plain air feel to them. They don't want them to be overly detailed. I will let them decide if I need to add anymore. On a commission I would rather stop sooner than finish it off and overdo it.
Whew! Now I move on to number four!