|'Just the Beginning' 9x9 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I began with a 9x9 piece of Uart 500 grit sanded paper. I wasn't sure how I would start the painting until I had the paper up on my easel and I spotted a few Derwent Inktense sticks that I had left out on my shelf. The colors were perfect. Red violet , violet and blue. They would make a good underpainting especially when I wet them with rubbing alcohol.
I put on some music....one of my favorite movie scores 'The Theory of Everything'. It allowed me to slip into the landscape and become a part of it. I enjoyed responding to the underpainting with a limited palette. The dark values of the land and the brightness of the twilight sky made me believe in the scene. I was pulled into it and before I knew it I found myself completing the painting. When I thought I was finished I stepped away and then it occurred to me......I needed some fireflies! I added a few and called it finished.
|Underpainting with Derwent Inktense blocks and rubbing alcohol|