|'City Kids' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available on Etsy $150
Greta and Jamie are city kids. They go to their neighborhood park everyday. They have a group of friends already and I am sure they will have a great time this winter on the sledding hill. This painting is dedicated to my grandchildren and all of the city kids out there!
I took some step by step photos as I painted this one. Here are my steps and my thoughts as the painting developed.
I chose a homemade support which is mat board coated with gesso and pumice mix. It is white. I did a quick drawing with a pink Nupastel. My reference photo inspired me but I made changes to create a better composition.
I blocked in the painting with big simple shapes of neutral pastels. I selected muted colors from my 'neutral drawer'. These are all grayed down muted colors such as blue-grays and muted purples. You can see the texture of the pumice in this photo.
Here is a shot of my Neutral Drawer. I keep these colors together so I remember to use them. Next to other more saturated colors these pastel get overlooked. Some may even think of them as ugly or dirty. I love their soft subtleness.
I decide to rub in this first layer of pastel to fill in the rough texture of the support and to create an out of focus underpainitng.
For this painting I choose to work on my center of interest first. The children going up the sled hill are my center of interest. Anytime you add a figure to a painting the eye looks at the figure first. I want to make sure they are well placed and developed before I spend too much time on the less important parts of the painting.
Next I develop the trees and suggest window in the distant buildings. I am still using my neutrals. I did use some saturated colors on my figures. I also add some blue and lavender shadows in my snow.
I work on the snow some more. I use a dull rose for the distant snow and some brighter whites in the foreground snow. I also make some footprints in the snow. I also add a few lamp posts and light the lights....since I was going to make it snow.
I add the snow using pastel dust. I decide to add some smaller figures in the distance since my two stars seemed a bit lonely! I also changed the color of the turquoise sled to yellow to echo the lights in the distance. Now I am finished!
Here is another Chicago winter cityscape. I love painting these scenes!
|'Let it Snow'. 8x10 pastel available $150|