|'Moody Marsh' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
In the first 7 minute video I talked about how I choose pastels for a painting. I put my working palette into a butcher tray so that I am working with a limited palette. Having ALL of my pastels available when I paint is a recipe for color chaos!
|Choosing pastels for a painting|
Steps to choosing a working palette
- Do a small black and white thumbnail.
- Decide on main colors (color scheme) I usually choose by intuition but will sometimes consult a color wheel.
- Test main colors on the thumbnail or scrap paper.
- Once main colors are selected I add them to a tray and choose the remainder of the pastels.
- I add the pastels to the tray and keep them grouped by LANDSCAPE ELEMENT.
- I usually consider VALUE first then color. Local color if used at all comes last. I think about layering color.
- I start adding colors to the tray by selecting my darkest values for the darkest parts of the painting . I usually choose 4-5 pastels of the same value for the darks.
- Then I select the LIGHTS. In a landscape this is usually the sky. I keep them in the 'sky pile'
- Then I select pastels for the remaining elements of the scene....distant trees, grass, flowers, etc. I also choose middle value pastels to layer under any grass. This is the dirt.
That's it! Now I have a limited palette that keeps me out of trouble. If I need to add more pastels I will add them to the tray so I can keep track and try to reuse rather than reach for a new pastel.
|The pastels selected for today's painting|