|'Summer in Sweden' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|Cretacolor Aqua Brique Watercolors and Derwent Watercolor Pencils|
I started with a simple underpainting using my Cretacolor Aqua Briques. I love how bold and vibrant they are. Then I had an idea. Why not use my watercolor pencils on the paper while it was still wet. I took out my Derwent watercolor pencils (I have been using them for my sketchbook) and started putting in some small branches with the black and dark blue pencil. I loved how the lines started to gently spread creating a wonderful painterly effect. I continued by adding some green grasses and leaves. They went on like butter and spread just enough to make it interesting.
I will be using watercolor pencils again!
|The finished watercolor and watercolor pencil underpainting|
|I began by blocking in the dark leaves with Terry Ludwig pastels and developed the tree trunks with pale values of peach and blue and yellow. I am careful to let the watercolor underpainting show!|
|Next I blocked in the sky and distant grass. Big simple strokes.|
|I continue painting the grass matching the underpainting color with the same color and value in my soft Terry Ludwig pastels. I am still careful to let some of the drips of watercolor show!|
|I add the finishing touches...some blue and peach in the trunks and hints of flowers in the grass. Finished!|
|My reference photo|