|'Late Afternoon Impression' 8x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The paper type can influence the way we paint and the kind of marks we make.
I have noticed this before but never really gave it too much thought. Mostly because the difference in paper and mark making is pretty subtle. But today it was clear to me that the type of paper I was using was having a strong influence on the way I was painting.
|The block-in on Pastelmat....I kind of like it the way it is|
The Pastelmat paper with its smooth velvety feel allowed me to lay the pastel on like I was frosting a cake. It felt natural to block in big chunky areas of pastel. It felt great! I didn't feel the need to get too fussy with the first layer since the coverage was so smooth and even. After the block in I decided that I kind of liked how it looked. Almost an abstracted landscape. I knew it needed more but I was compelled to keep it very simple. I continued with the chunky strokes until I made myself stop.
The paper had influenced the way I felt about the painting and changed it's direction. (I've noticed this before about Pastelmat ) Paper choice does matter!
TRY THIS: Try a simple painting on a few different types of paper. Pay attention to how it feels and how it influences the way you apply the pastel. What do you like best?