|'Passing Storms' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Painting larger is Liberating.
Painting larger allows you to put your whole body into the painting. Dare I say it is easier to get involved and become a part of the painting? Instead of making small marks to define a tree or cloud you are making large sweeping marks. It is different and it feels great.
|'Back to the Beach' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Painting a large skyscape is one of the best ways to improve our skies and clouds.
The sky is larger than life. It isn't easy to fit it into a small space and give the illusion of how grand it really is. Clouds are free and constantly on the move....appearing, disappearing, changing. When we have a larger space to work on we are free to create this grandeur and movement with larger and sweeping marks. When our whole body is involved in painting it often translates into looser more expressive marks. When I paint large I "feel large'. It is hard to explain but this feeling of freedom can be carried into smaller works once it is experienced.
Try a Big Sky Painting ...Here are some tips
- Work on a full sheet of paper. I used 18x24 sheets of Uart for these paintings. (Don't be afraid to use the paper. If you decide you don't like the painting you can cut it up and have readymade underpaintings.)
- Plan your painting before starting. Decide on the composition and select your pastel palette. This will help you get into the 'zone' and really respond to the painting.
- Do some kind of underpainting or tone your paper. This will allow you to use less pastel.
- Use hard pastels for much the painting. Save your super softies for final marks. If you are worried about using up precious pastels you won't relax and enjoy the process! I love using Mount Vision pastels for my largest paintings.
- Make sure you have a lower horizon if the painting is about the SKY and downplay the stuff on the ground.
|'Storms End' 18x24 pastel $400|
see my cloud demo on etsy for more sky tips