|'Silent Journey' 10 x 10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have been collecting your underpainting questions. They have really helped me clarify the mystery that surrounds a successful underpainting for pastels. I have put together a brand new 3 day workshop plan that focuses on creating an underpainting that leads to a more successful painting. It really is quite simple and I am excited to share what I have learned.
I am working on a trade book and video which will be coming soon. But if you are in the Chicago area you can join me in person at a workshop that was just scheduled for March 18 - 20. I am honored and excited to be sponsored by Uart paper for this 3 day workshop. Uart will supply paper and we will explore the mystery and magic of underpaintings.
I decided to use an oil stain underpainting with water soluble oils.
|oil stain underpainting|
What is an oil stain underpainting and why choose it? It is simply a wet underpainting using very thin oil paint. I used water soluble oils so I didn't have to use OMS (odorless mineral spirits) I used water to thin the paint to a consistency of tea. It needs to be thin so that it doesn't fill the tooth of the paper. I wanted a wet and drippy underpainting to help me suggest the mystery of the swamp.Uart paper works so well with this technique..no buckling even when not mounted!
|another oil stain underpainting using up the rest of my paint|
I used only Terry Ludwig pastels most of them from the Richard McKinley set which I keep separate from my big box of pastels.
|Terry Ludwig pastels.....this is the Richard McKinley set|