|'Autumn Appeal' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
As soon as fall rolls around I get the bug....I want to paint fall color! I go crazy in my studio painting as many fall scenes as I can. Today I pulled out one of my aspen photos for inspiration. As much as I love painting them the bright yellows can be a challenge.
Today I stumbled upon a tip a bit by accident. It was a failed underpainting that gave me the clue.
|Wet underpainting with pastel and alcohol. Meh.|
That was it! The dark and dull underpainitng was actually a good thing. It allowed my bright intense yellows to pop! Just like painting on dark paper, the brights needed the contrast of the dark and dull.
|First layer of pastel.....dark and dull|
|Adding more layers of cool, dark and dull|
|Darker and duller colors on the left with more intense, brighter on the right|
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