|'Sunday Afternoon at the Beach' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I demonstrate a beach scene to share some of the ways I use blending in my paintings. I blend sparingly and always with careful thought. Watch the video to learn more and then come on back to read about how I finished the demo painting.
|Click this link to watch the video on my YouTube channel|
I didn't add the finishing touches to the painting in the video. I like to stop BEFORE I think I am finished so I can make the finishing marks with careful thought. Below you can see where I stopped on the painting along with my commentary on the finish.
|Demo board with my reference photo and color study.|
|The pastels I used for the demo. Terry Ludwigs (McKinley Landscape set) Diane Townsend Mood for Green and misc. hard pastels for the grasses.|
|my color study. 4x6|
|The painting as I left it in the video|
- I refined the sky. I blended it more and added more defined cloud shapes.The finishing mark was the pop of pale turquoise near the horizon leading into the ground.
- I refined and separated the distant bushes. I add a light cool green to them to push them back into the distance.
- I refined the grass clumps by adding a rust color. I painted a few pieces of grass in the foreground clumps. I kept the grasses in the distance loose.
- I refined the sandy path and added a few more shells
- I added a touch of blue in the distance to suggest the sea.