|'The End of the Rainbow' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
If it is green and growing then it need some DIRT! I have discovered that if I add some rich darks and interesting dirt colors UNDER the grass it gives my landscapes with grassy areas more with depth and volume. This simple step has made a huge difference for me.
So how do we add the dirt? There are many ways but usually through an underpainting of some kind. When I block in my composition in the underpainting I always make sure I use something dark and colors other than the local colors.
For today's painting I created the dirt by brushing some alcohol over a failed painting. The alcohol liquified the pastel and blended the colors together to make mud. Most of the time we don't want mud but this time I did! It was a great dirt color. I added a sprinkle of gold powder from Schmincke.....just because I thought it might add the effect of gold leaf. Below is the resulting underpainting ready for some grass!
|8x19 on Uart 400 sanded paper|
The next step for me is to reinforce the dark areas. I use a dark blue pastel on the side to do this step. But the dirt is established and now my grasses will have a richness that might not otherwise be possible!
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