|'Here Comes the Sun' 10x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
- There is a fun and easy way to add texture to a pastel painting. It starts BEFORE painting. You simply brush on some CLEAR GESSO to your favorite paper and let it dry. The clear gesso has a slight grittiness and this combined with random brushstrokes creates a textured surface to paint on.
- If you want a rougher surface you can add powdered pumice to your gesso but I find the clear gesso to be sufficient.
- You can also use the gesso on any pastel paper including unsanded papers. Watercolor paper is a great paper to use.
- You apply the gesso to prep the paper. If you want to use it during the painting be aware that the gesso will liquify the pastel creating darkish mud. (which is sometimes just what you need!)
The sunflower painting is done on Canson Mi-Teintes paper that I coated with clear gesso. The painting below and the commentary is another one done on a clear gesso and pumice surface. Enjoy the post from the archives.
|'Sunny Days' 10x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
I needed a little sunshine today. After painting snow for the last few weeks it was time for a landscape filled with sunshine. There is no better way to showcase the sunlight than with the addition of shadows! With that thought in mind I made a plan for today's painting. I'm taking you behind the scenes and inside my head as I share the thoughts behind the making of this painting.
|a home made board with some fun texture|
After the board dried I drew my scene with a piece of Nupastel. I was drawn to this scene because of the wonderful light on the grasses and bushes. It would be a fun challenge to paint the shadows so the sunlit areas would be the star.
|Blocking in the big shapes with mostly warm and cool colors|
Next I blocked in the big shapes with one layer of color. I selected warm colors for the sunlit areas and cool colors for the shadows. You can see the ridges of the ground created by my brushstrokes. I didn't want the white of the board to be a distraction so I rubbed in this first layer with a piece of pipe insulation foam.
|Rubbing in the first layer|
|Reinforcing the big shapes|
|Ready for the details|
|Not quite satisfied|
|close up of the texture|