|'Crazy for Red' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
A reader asked me why I don't usually work on colored paper. It was a good question. I didn't really have a good answer so I told her I'd think about it and answer in the blog. I put these questions into the lineup and mull them around. Today I had the answer and it came by chance.
I was looking through my paper trying to find inspiration for today's daily painting when I found a stack of RED paper. Big red paper. Full sheets of red Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Whatever possessed me to buy it? I don't know but today was as good a time as any to use it. I just had to find the right subject.
|A big piece of RED paper!|
As I searched through a stack potential reference photos I kept looking for something with a lot of green. Since red is the complement of green working on the red paper might add some excitement to a typical green landscape. Red actually is a great color to use under green. Whether you tone your own paper or buy red paper it is a great choice for a very green landscape.
And it is an even better choice for a green and red landscape! I had the perfect scene....a field of poppies from my trip to Texas last spring. See the reference photo below and follow along as the painting develops.
|my reference photo|
|Blocking in the darks|
|Adding the sky and the flowers|
|Building the layers of foliage|
|and more building|
|Adding the lights to the foliage and building the flower shapes|
So why don't I paint on color paper more often? Simple. I don't always have it handy and I forget how simple it is to tone a piece of sanded paper to any color I want. Thanks Monike for the question you've given me some new ideas!