|'Dreaming of a White Christmas' 16x16 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I put on my 'what if' hat and asked "What if I turned this into winter?" Could I do that? How would I accomplish that?
Because a painting can never become precious I decided it was worth a try. I put the painting up on my working easel and sprayed the trees and ground with workable fixative. I wanted to give more tooth to this piece of unhanded Canson paper.
I began by altering the trees into bare branched winter trees. I then worked on the sky, cooling the blues and adding more pinks and violets to the clouds. Finally I worked on the ground planes covering them with snow. Notice how I used different light value pastels to create distance and depth in the snow covered ground?
As I painted and felt colder I knew I was getting the effect I wanted! Altering the seasons in a pastel landscape is easy because of the ability we have to layer pastels. A quick spray of workable fixative gave me all the tooth I needed to build more layers. The fact that I was putting light values over dark worked in my favor. Using a light touch gave me the flexibility I needed to make the changes. In the end, it was a satisfying exercise!
|The original unfinished demo painting....a very warm Southwestern landscape|