|'Winter Beach Walk' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
That leaves me with a pile of paper with a few pastel marks. This year I plan to use these 'mini demo scraps' and create recycled paintings. I will share my thoughts behind the process of taking a scrap and turning it into a painting. Enjoy today's installment.
|Scrap paper with a mini demo....time to recycle!|
|The demo brushed out with a new painting blocked in|
|my reference photo|
- I selected a few pastels keeping a limited palette of gray-blues, greens and peaches. I started with dark brown and violet Terry Ludwig pastels and blocked in the dark areas on the dune. This would be the dried grasses.
- Next I worked on the sky. I wanted to be sure to get the right mood quality so I started with a pale green. I added some pale peach and yellow for the light in the sky and ended with some grayed blues for the clouds at the top of the sky.
- To keep color harmony in the painting I used the same pastels in the sea and sand. I wanted a connection between the earth and sky.
- Next it was time to add the light to the edge of the dunes. I used some rich peach pastels to create this light that is breaking through the clouds and illuminating the dunes.
- The dried grasses at the top of the dunes were created with the edge of a Terry Ludwig pastel. A few touches of orange on some of the grasses were the final touches.
******************Come Paint with me in Florida this February!********************
There are still a couple of spots remaining in my February workshop at the North Port Art Center in Venice Florida. (Feb 11 & 12)This two day workshop will focus on color. It is suitable for artists of any level of experience. I'd love the opportunity to share with you. Here is the link to more information http://northportartcenter.com/product/cooking-with-color-workshop/