|'The Beauty of Sparseness' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I was sharing unusual underpainitng techniques with a student last week. We tried the Caran d'Ache Neocolor II crayons and my favorite fun medium.....Art Graf pigment squares. I've reviewed them on my blog here. They always surprise me. Their intensity explodes with a little water or alcohol. Only a tiny bit is needed to get bold intense color. They dry just as intense!
For my demo I wanted to show how the primary color Art Graf squares could be used to create more colors. I made purples and green and orange. I had it all and when I wet the pigment they mixed and mingled and went tie dye on me!
|The underpainting looks like tie dye!|
I wasn't sure what I would do with it but then I realized it was a great start for a subtle quiet painting.
- I am reminded that it is easier to tone down and lighten a passage than it is to make it bolder or more intense.
- It is good to have a little boldness in a mostly quiet painting. These tiny bits of dark and intense color is a good balance for a mostly gray painting.
I had a quiet marsh painting in mind so the tie dye underpainting would provide just enough variety. Cool!
|close up detail|
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