|'Memories of Provence' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available in my Etsy shop $175
I made some good mud recently and I used it for my latest Provence lavender painting. I had a piece of Multimedia Artboard with a failed painting. It gave me great pleasure to take an old brush and some clear gesso to erase the painting. The colors turned into mud with some interesting value shapes. The clear gesso left a slightly gritty texture enhanced by my random brush strokes.
|Clear gesso over a failed painting|
To counteract the effect of the texture I rubbed in the first layer of pastel. I used Nupastel for this initial block in. I rubbed the pastel into the grooves of the texture with a piece of pipe insulation foam.
|The first layer of pastel rubbed into the textured surface|
I took out my softer Terry Ludwig pastels to build up the painting. I began with the dark shapes. Then I moved on the the mountains and sky. I completed everything in the distance before I added the shades of violet of the lavender. I didn't want the dust from the sky and background to fall on the lavender. I wanted it to be bright and clean!
|Before turning on the lights on the lavender|
If you haven't watched my quick video demo on painting lavender you can see it on my YouTube channel. Here is the link:https://youtu.be/MZSzM76FXtg