|'Over the Dunes' 24x30 pastel ©Karen Margulis sold|
|I am using unmounted Uart paper that I taped to a big piece of|
gator board. The gator board is rigid and works well as a drawing board.
|This is my collection of Mount Vision pastels. I keep these in a tray for use|
on LARGE paintings. I might use a few other pastel brands but
the majority of the painting is done with the Mount Vision pastels.
|This photo shows the first layer block in with the Mount Visions.|
I am using colors that are darker and bolder than what I want
to finish with. BE BOLD!
|I use a piece of pipe insulation foam to rum in the first layer.|
TIPS FOR PAINTING LARGE
- Planning is the key! Don’t begin painting without a plan: concept and black & white thumbnail, then color choices.
- Choose your pastel palette in advance.
- Do a small color study to test your palette
- HAVE NO FEAR!
- Start with an underpainting to get a head start and use less pastel. I like Mount Vision pastels for large painting block-in. In fact Mount Vision pastels can be used for the entire painting. They are great workhorse pastels.
- START BIG: paint the big shapes first. Keep things big and simple for as long as possible.
- Save the details (decoration) for the end
- MOVE! Allow your arm and whole body to get into the painting. Think Big Bold strokes.
- Play some epic music. I love painting to movie scores!
I just posted my latest Step by Step demo on my Patreon page. Have you wondered how to interpret values in a value thumbnail with color? I address this question in this demo. Check it out. A subscription to my Patreon page is just $4 a month. www.patreon.com/karenmargulis
Here are some recent comments:
"This is just the kind of comprehensive demo that I find useful! Thank you so much! So many questions answered."
"Thank you for such a detailed demonstration! So helpful explaining and showing the same value but different temperature and how it all works together. Also incredibly helpful showing closeups of stick selections and explaining the nuances between them. Going in to paint right now. Thank you, Karen!!!"
"I learn something from all your posts and videos, but this time I learned a ton. I never would have guessed that some of those dune colors were the same value until I squinted. Such a surprise, and such a valuable lesson. Thank you!!!"