|pastel on paper 36 x 48 ©Karen Margulis|
Painting this large really gets you moving! I turned up the music and got to work. I was working form a study I had painted several years ago for a different project. I would interpret the scene in this new larger landscape format.
- I used Art paper cut from a roll. I used artist tape hinges to attach the paper to an extra large foam core board. This isn't a permanent mount. It will be attached to archival support board by the framer.
- I started with a simple four value block in using four values of salmon. I would allow this red-pink color to peek through an enliven the greens.
- Next I reinforced the dark shapes with Mount vision pastels. I love using these large and robust pastels for big paintings.
- I began layer darks and middle values in the tree trunks and foliage.
- I added the distant blue landmass and began work on the sky. The sky holes were important to help define the tree shapes. I needed to paint sky holes and add more foliage until it looked natural. I did use Blair Low Odor Workable Fixative several times to build the texture in the foliage.
- Next I started the water. I had already put in the reflections when I painted the dark shapes. I used horizontal strokes to paint the water.
- The last thing I painted was the Spanish Moss. I had fun draping the moss on the branches. I used several colors to paint the moss. See the photo below.
When I started I was intimidated by this huge blank paper. But as soon as I turned on some music and started moving I was able to slip into the zone. It really was a workout though! Wouldn't that be a fun way to exercise? Tape up some huge paper, turn on music and get dancing!
|My set up with two easels and pastels on stools.|
|half way through. You can see the salmon color underpainting.|
|Here is a close up of the moss|