|'Memories of the South' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
What is a grass box you may be wondering? It is a small box of pastels that I use exclusively for painting the finishing touches in any marsh or meadow painting. Any landscape that has grassy bits can be a challenge. If you paint too many grass blades or make them too thick and regular you risk creating a fence of grass. A grass fence is a visual barrier. It can prevent the viewer from entering or moving back into a painting. A grass box makes it easy to always paint lyrical grasses.
|My collection of grass pastels along with a small banker's clasp used for scratching grass marks in soft pastel passages.|
What is in my grass box?
- Some harder pastels such as Nupastels and Rembrandts. These pastels have more binder than softer pastels so they make a crisper mark.
- Some harder Russian pastels given to me by a friend. These harder and round sticks make wonderful painterly grasses.
- A variety of earthy colors for both green and dried grass. I add to this box when I find a grass color that I can't I've without!
- A few 'spicy' greens...greens that are intense for those special bits of eye candy.
- A metal Banker's Clasp that can be used to scratch grass marks into a passage of thick pastel.
Having a box of pastels that work well for those finishing marks in a grassy area is a useful tool but it also helps to practice making effective and lyrical grass marks. You may be interested in my blog article on painting grass here:http://kemstudios.blogspot.com/2016/02/more-on-painting-grasses-with-pastels.html
Painting Notes: This is one of the demo paintings I did for my recent workshop with the Piedmont Pastel Society. It is on Uart pastel paper with an alcohol wash underpainting.