|'A Quiet Spot' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I started the exercise with a piece of white Canson paper. I only allowed myself to use black, white and a few values of gray pastels. I used a variety of pastels including Terry Ludwigs and Diane Townsend. Working in black and white was fun. It made me work! I had to be sure I had the values in the right place so that I could create volume and depth.
|The black and white stage of the painting|
middle value = flat planes, middle dark value = slanted planes.
I came back into the studio after lunch and decided that despite the relative success of the exercise I wanted to play with color! So I sprayed the black and white painting with workable fixative and painted on top with color! Because I had a value map already it was easier to choose color. The value did the work! I just followed the map.
Try This: Give the black and white exercise a try. Turn a reference photo into black and white to make it easier to see the values. (use a photo program or simply make a black and white copy) Can you leave it as a black and white painting? Or will you be tempted by Color like I was?