|'Reawakening' 13x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
This one should have gone into the trash. It was a demo I did last winter for a group of school children for their Art Day. They were choosing the subject as I painted and suggested a tree, water, guy fishing and I have no idea what the red things are supposed to be! It was fun and the kids loved it but it was a painting destined for the bin. On top of that it was on Canson Mi-Teintes unsanded paper which doesn't usually take to much abuse.....or does it!?
Today I decided not to throw the paper away and see what I could do with it. Was there any hope? Below I walk you step by step to the save!
This is the demo painting. It is on terra cotta Canson Mi-Teintes paper. I took a stiff brush tried to remove as much pastel as possible. I was left with some dark shapes. I sprayed the paper with workable fixative and let it dry.
I decided to reinvent the painting and turn it into an autumn marsh scene. I had a reference photo for inspiration. (bottom of post) I set to work with a dark blue and dark burgundy pastel to introduce the dark shapes of the bushes and distant trees.
I repainted the sky and added some clouds. I painted the distant trees and marsh and added the blue water. I dealt with the foreground last. As you can see in the photo above I had to darken the foreground with fixative. This also allowed me to continue building layers and getting the texture of the autumn weeds. I would say I sprayed and painted the foreground 4 times! Yes Canson can take it!
The final touches were in the foreground. I used the sharp edges of Rembrandt pastels to paint grass and a very soft Sennelier pastel to paint the light fluffy blooms. I used Terry Ludwig pastels for all other areas of the painting.
|close up of foreground|