|'Drama on the High Plains' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I love painting the sky. In 2016 I went through a cloud painting phase. This painting is one of my favorites. It reminds me that it is OK to play and experiment. Not only is it more fun, we often get the best results when we let go! Enjoy this post from the archives.
Time to paint some clouds! I selected a stormy sky reference photo and decided to do an underpainting with some new supplies. I have had this set of Cretacolor hard pastels for awhile and haven't had a chance to use them. I selected a piece of white pastel premier and got to work.
I layered some blues and purples in the sky and some dirt colors on the ground. I had limited colors in my started set. Next I did an alcohol wash to liquify the pastel with the hopes of getting some interesting cloud shapes. Then my underpainting took an interesting turn.
I had a baby wipe in my hand and I used it to dab a big drip. It removed a bit of the pastel as well. It got me thinking. What if I used the baby wipe as a tool? What would happen? So a bunched up the wipe and pressed it into the paper. It removed pastel and left some interesting textural marks. I dabbed some more...the alcohol in the baby wipes was having an effect on the surface of the paper. Parts of the sanded surface were moving around.
This might have been a problem but I embraced the movement. It might create interesting effects when the pastel is applied! The underpainting was quite interesting!
|The alcohol wash with baby wipe texture|
I think I will continue exploring this technique!