|'Peaceful Interlude' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have color on my mind this week. I am headed to Florida on Thursday to teach a workshop at the Northport Art Center. The focus of the workshop is color. I am excited about the demos and lessons I have planned on the better use of color. So color is very much on my mind!
One of the important things to do when planning a painting is to plan the color....not leave color to chance. Color schemes are fun tools to use for inspired color. But there are other ways to get inspiration for color. Today I was inspired by an older plein air study. The study had sold and as I was wrapping it for shipping I was struck by the colors I had used. They weren't exciting necessarily but they were a real response to the colors I had experienced. I was inspired to use them again in a similar landscape.
|5x7 plein air study from France sold|
I chose another piece of my Wallis Belgian Mist paper. Next I looked at the colors I used in the study and pulled out similar colors from my big box of pastels. I limited myself to using just these few pastels for my painting. It was a great exercise. I started the painting with a two value dry wash underpainting. Since I now had my composition, values and colors planned all I had to do was enjoy the experience of putting pastel to paper!
Lesson Learned: Look at previous paintings and studies for color combinations that you enjoy. Use them for new paintings. Inspiration is everywhere!
|my limited palette for today's painting|
|two value dry wash underpainting|