|'Follow Where it Leads Us' 12 x 18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Color can be chaotic without thought and planning.
Some artists are fortunate and have a finely tuned sense of color. They instinctively know just which colors to pick up. They make interesting and harmonious color choices seemingly without effort and without preplanning. I admire that ability but I don't like to leave color to chance. I don't want to get halfway through a painting and become lost in the pile of pastels that is growing on my easel tray. I don't want to deal with color chaos.
Now I don't have to take my chances with color anymore. I make time to make a
COLOR NOTE STUDY.
|Quick color notes|
- Color Note Studies are small scraps of paper (preferably the same paper/color of the painting) They are not detailed mini paintings.
- Color Note Studies are simply marks on the paper that represent the various elements in the painting. They can be a very loose abstracted series of marks.
- Color Note Studies allow the artists to see how the colors selected for a painting will look together and their approximate relationships.
- The studies save the artist much frustration and saves pastel. We can visualize how a color palette will look before experimenting on a bigger piece of paper. Experiment on a tiny piece!
Today's painting was a demo for a private class. I was painting from a photo of a summer meadow filled with pink flowers. My concept was to turn the meadow into a fall scene with yellow flowers. The color study notes helped me see if my color choices would work for my concept.
Try This: Make a commitment to do a color note study for your next painting. Decide in advance what your palette will be and test out your choices on a scrap of paper.
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