|'Sky Shimmer' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It was one of those so called happy accidents. I didn't do it on purpose and when it happened I thought about changing it. After all it wasn't in my plan. But I decided to embrace it and it opened a door to something exciting! Lesson learned.
I was choosing pastels to use for my evening sky painting. I picked out some darks for the shadows, some middle values and finally some lights for the illuminated part of the sky. I don't usually pay too much attention to the exact color. I am more interested in getting the value I need. So I was hunting for a very light value blue green....almost white. I was excited to find just the right piece of pastel....until I made a mark.
It sparkled! It shimmered! It was glittery and shiny! It was a Great American Pearlescent blue pastel and a piece somehow made it into my big pastel box.
I made another mark. And another. I started to like the resulting shimmer in my sky. It was an accident but I was happy! So I pulled out the box of pearlescent pastels from my shelf and finished the sky and the foreground with some of these beautiful pastels. I now have a new use for all of those pearlescent pastels I've collected....Sky Shimmer!
|A closer look at the shimmer of the iridescent pastels|