|'Everyone Needs Some Sparkle' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Today was another play day in the studio. I knew I wanted to paint but I wasn't sure what to paint. That is always a good opportunity to pick something form the discard pile! I chose an 8x10 pastelbord with a failed snow scene. I needed to cover the original painting so I took it outside and sprayed the board with water......and the coolest thing happened!
|I sprayed a failed painting on Pastelbord with water|
|OHHHH I love what happened!|
The board was still wet so I decided to take a piece of golden green metallic pastel and crumble it onto the wet board. I don't know what I decided to do this but I was in What If mode! Metallic pastels are usually quite soft and crumbly making them difficult to paint with. This could be an interesting way to incorporate metallics into a painting.
|I crushed a piece of metallic pastel over the wet mess|
|I moved some of the shiny pigment around with a brush|
|I saw some wildflowers and grasses in the underpainting so I pulled them out with some pastel layers.|
As a finishing touch I took out my prized pastels....my gold and silver Henri Roche pastels. I rarely use them because they are like precious jewels but this painting called for more gold bling. I added some of the gold pastel to the flowers. It was like adding some gold leaf.
|Who doesn't like a little more bling?|
Here is a close up of the finished painting. It really doesn't photograph very well. But it sure was a fun way to spend the day in the studio. And I will revisit the pastel and water puddles again!!
|A close up of all of the sparkle|