|'Making Tracks' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Can you tell what side of the paper I used for today's painting of my granddaughter Greta?
|The front bumpy side is on the left and the smooth or back side is the back. See the difference in the way the pastel looks?|
Here is another poll question: How many times have you started a painting only to discover you were using the bumpy side? Most artists I know prefer working on the smooth side of the paper. It is challenging to fight the bumpy texture. I usually work on the smooth side.
So imagine my surprise when I began applying pastel to my painting of Greta. It was the bumpy side! How did I manage to do that! I am usually very careful but in my excitement to start the painting I didn't check. I had a decision to make. Should I turn the paper over and start again? I really didn't want to because I had already done the drawing. Usually that wouldn't stop me. It is much easier to start over at an early stage of a painting. But this time I had a 'what if' moment and decided to see what would happen if I continued on the bumpy side.
I was working on black paper which really enhanced the look of the texture. The little bits of black paper that resisted the pastel became the glue that held the painting together. They also broke up the large white areas of snow making it more interesting. So maybe the right side of the paper isn't the wrong side after all!