|'River Study' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Sue reminded me that it is important for an artist to learn what pastels feel like to help decide whether the medium is right for them. Since it about the feel of pastel to paper why not just get a few greyscale pastels....black, white and a couple of grays. This way you can see what it feels like to make marks and paint with pastels without worrying about having enough or the right colors.
I like this idea. It still is important to get good quality pastels though to really get the feel for how nice pastels can be.
|Black, white and gray study|
And the grayscale experiment lead to more exploration. I decided to use the black and white painting as a value roadmap. I sprayed it with workable fixative and let it dry. Then I added color. The fun part was deciding what kind of mood I wanted to create. I had my roadmap and could use any colors as long as the values matched. I decided to go for an overcast moody feeling. In the end I only used around 30 pastels for the color version.
Thanks to my blog readers for their very helpful suggestions for pastel sets and tips for getting started with pastels. Be sure to read the comments and keep them coming!
Part one of this post here.