|'Drama on the High Plains' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
My focus for the month of April will be Skies and Clouds. I will be crossing Texas on the way to Tucson for the Plein Air Convention (more on this soon) and I hope to experience some beautiful skies! I will also be teaching a mini workshop in June for the First Coast Pastel Society and our focus will be on the sky.
I thought I'd get a head start and paint some clouds today. I selected a stormy sky reference photo and decided to do an underpainting with some new supplies. I have had this set of Cretacolor hard pastels for awhile and haven't had a chance to use them. I selected a piece of white pastel premier and got to work.
I layered some blues and purples in the sky and some dirt colors on the ground. I had limited colors in my started set. Next I did an alcohol wash to liquify the pastel with the hopes of getting some interesting cloud shapes. Then my underpainting took an interesting turn.
I had a baby wipe in my hand and I used it to dab a big drip. It removed a bit of the pastel as well. It got me thinking. What if I used the baby wipe as a tool? What would happen? So a bunched up the wipe and pressed it into the paper. It removed pastel and left some interesting textural marks. I dabbed some more...the alcohol in the baby wipes was having an effect on the surface of the paper. Parts of the sanded surface were moving around.
This might have been a problem but I embraced the movement. It might create interesting effects when the pastel is applied! The underpainting was quite interesting!
|The alcohol wash with baby wipe texture|
I think I will continue exploring this technique!