|'Deep Breath' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It is a matter of really seeing the true colors of things and not just jumping to the local color that we have assigned to those things.
When I started painting this sunrise beach scene my brain was trying to tell me that the sand was a pale creamy value...we would consider it a 'white sand beach.' But if I were to use a white or pale cream pastel the painting wouldn't look believable. I would have a sunrise sky with daytime 'sunny' sand. To put the sand in shadow I needed to override what my brain was trying to tell me and be a better OBSERVER.
|close up detail of sand|
When I took a deep breath and really looked at the sand I could see that it was definitely cool and blue. Yes I knew it was 'white sand' but it looked blue in the cool shadows of the sunrise. I painted the sand blue and the illusion of the rising sun was created.