|'Looking for Lavender' 18.5 x 12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Here are a few step by step photos. I used a failed painting that was on old Wallis paper. I liquified the pastel with alcohol to get a muddy base. I chose the paper because of it's odd size of 18.5 x 12. It suited the point of view I wanted....standing on a hill looking over the fields. As soon as I saw the old painting in my pile I knew it would be perfect to express the expanse of fields I remembered.
TIP: Paper size matters! You can really make a subject come alive with the right size and orientation of paper. Give it some thought. Ask yourself what you hope to express. What is your story? Choose paper size and orientation to fit your story.
Here are the initial layers along with the reference photo. I need to create depth and a patchwork of fields and trees.
Here is the second pass of pastels. I layered some warm colors to go under some of the green fields.