|'Blue Ridge Memories' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am enjoying this blue pastel. I don't remember what set it came from. I found it in my overflow box of blue pastels. I was looking for a distant blue mountain color. I do know it is a Terry Ludwig pastel. I might try to find out the exact color number. But most likely I won't. I will just enjoy it until is is gone and then find another great distant blue. It keeps me on my toes. It keeps my palette from being too much the same for every painting.
I had a question this week about how I choose my distant mountain colors.
It is simple. I know that most of the time, as objects recede they get lighter, cooler, more blue, duller, less contrast. For MOST distant mountains I look for blues that are grayed down, lighter, and cooler. There are always exceptions...sometimes they are brighter or darker or maybe even warmer depending on light and conditions. A variety of blues are needed! I'd like to share a previous blog post I wrote about this topic. (read it below)
|'Heavenly Path' 5x7 pastel $50|
Really it isn't something I do for any other color. In fact I never keep track of color names and numbers. I don't even make color charts with new pastels. When I get new pastels the first thing I do is take the labels off, break them and put them in my box. At that point on they become anonymous.
And that is fine with me. Sometimes students will be reluctant to take their new pastels out of their boxes and take off the labels. The big question... How will I replace a color when it is used up? I don't worry about replacing the exact stick of pastel. I just try to find one that closely matches the color, value and temperature of the stick I need to replace. And that works for me.
Except when it came to the illusive blue pastel. I wanted the perfect color and if I ever found it I planned to keep the wrapper! But guess what? After spending a month in the Southwest looking at those wonderful distant blue mountains and trying to paint them. I realized that one stick of blue can't possibly work for all the variations of blue I saw. It really is necessary to have a few different blues to truly capture the many variations.
So my big blue collection with no names or numbers is really all I need!