|'Love Red' 7x5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I had a scrap piece of Uart paper that I had done a quick poppy bloom demo for a student. I decided to take some water to brush in the pastel. I had some watercolor handy from another project so I added a bit of red watercolor. Then just for fun I sprinkled some kosher salt all over the wet pigments.
The result was a cool underpainting. Perfect for some poppies.
|The underpainting with watercolor, pastel and salt|
|I still like the underpainting background!|
|Progression of color for a red flower|
- Instead of using just one red pastel for a poppy consider building the bloom from dark to light and cool to warm.
- Start with the darkest value violet or cool red that you see. I like to use purple and brick red for the shadowed part of the flower.
- Increase the intensity and warmth of the reds as you layer the petals.
- Use the side of the pastel to paint larger chunky petals.
- Paint the petals in the direction that they would emerge from the center....how they grow.
If you like these tips and want more poppy tips have a look at my PDF demo available in my Etsy shop for $6. Link here:https://www.etsy.com/listing/263334117/pastel-painting-lesson-demo-pdf