|'Beautiful Interlude' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Big pastels can make any kind of mark you want. It just takes practice . And some fine motor coordination!
When I first picked up a pastel stick it felt a little strange and clumsy. What do I do with it? Do I use the tip or rub it on it's side. Then of course don't I just blend everything in? (that's a topic for another post) And the big question was how did an artist get small marks from a fat stick?
I learned by doing. I painted something every day. They were not always keepers but with each painting I developed more control over the fat stick. I learned just how much I needed to lift it off the paper to get the size mark I wanted. I played with my marks. I tried linear strokes and chunky strokes. I learned how to blend without my fingers using just the pastel. I watched other artists but I really learned what worked best for me by Painting. A . lot.
Now it is second nature to me. I can make any type mark I want with any size pastel stick. My marks come natural to me and are unique to me. If you are new to pastels I encourage you to paint often and let your own way of making marks emerge. Embrace it and practice! And if you are experienced....go outside of your comfort zone and try another way of making marks for a fun change of pace. You never know what you might come away with.
Painting notes: Today's 5x7 painting was a timed 20 minute daily painting study. Painting a small daily study was key for developing my mark making technique.