|'Abundance' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis |
So instead I'll share my thoughts on the demo painting here on the blog. In case you missed yesterday's post I am challenging myself (and you!) to choose a subject and plan to paint it once a week. You can use any medium, any size....anything goes. The only thing that stays constant is the subject. I choose Queen Anne's Lace. Share your paintings on social media using #Painttime2017
- The painting is 11 x 14 on reclaimed Uart sanded paper. I had a few green and brown marks on this paper from a demo. I used turpenoid to wash the pastel in and tone the surface. It resulted in a nice neutral color with a blob of dark on the bottom of the paper. Perfect for my subject!
- I made a simple test strip to narrow down my palette. I decided to use Terry Ludwig pastels (the Richard McKinley set)
- I started the painting by drawing the flowers. I used simple ovals to place the flowers in a pleasing and dynamic way.
- Next I blocked in the darks. I used four colors in a dark value to establish the dirt/shadows in the grass.
- I then painted the sky. I started with yellows and then I realized that I had originally decided on blues for the sky. I scumbled some blue over the yellow and I liked the result. The yellow peaking through added a nice warm touch to my summer scene.
- Next I worked on the flowers gradually building layers of color from dark to light. I used some yellows, greens and violets in the flowers.
- I liked how the violet worked with the yellows so I added a few marks of violet to represent some purple wildflowers.
- Next I refined the grasses and foliage by spraying the area with Blair workable fixative. This gave me some texture as I layered the greens and yellows of the grasses. I did this three more times until I was satisfied.
- The finishing touches on the flowers were next. Some needed more refinement than others.
- I thought I was done but a second look after a break told me that a few bumble bees were needed. There would be bees in this abundance of wildflowers!
- The last thing I did was add the stray piece of yellow grass with a bee. Now the bottom part of the painting was connected to the top.
|reference photo and test strip|
|close-up of flower and bees|