|'Discovery' 9x12 pastel over oil stain ©Karen Margulis|
|My chart of ideas for painting grasses|
- Avoid painting individual blades of grass. Think instead of the big underlying shapes or blocks of grass. Pull out and paint a few blades. Allow the viewer to participate and fill in the rest. A few well placed blades will read as grass.
- Using the long edge of a soft square pastel use the press and lift method to leave a print of a piece of grass. Do a few but be careful not too have them spaced too evenly or all marching in the same direction.
- Use the top edge of a harder round pastel and roll it leaving a broken line of grass.
- Lay down a block of color and then draw some lines of grass with a thin hard pastel. Draw a SENSITIVE line. Have a light responsive touch so the line isn't to thick or regular. Practice sensitive lines.
- Paint on a heavily textured surface. Glide the pastel over the texture and it will look like grasses without putting in a blade!
- Underpainting! I like to use an alcohol, turpenoid or oil stain and allow the drips to create the grasses.
|This is an oil stain underpainting. The wonderful drips|
make great grasses! In my painting I tried not to cover up all of the drips.