|'Glistening Splendor' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|My reference photo is from a trip to Crested Butte Colorado a few years ago|
Here are some of the things I kept in mind as I painted with these neutrals:
- Value is the key to success. You can really use any color if the values are correct. I tried to keep my shapes simple with cohesive value. (not spotty)
- Since I don't have exciting color to spice up the painting I relied on punching up the contrast for interest.
- I looked for neutrals that had color rather than pure grays. The mix of subtle colors was more interesting than grays made from black and white.
- Gray day skies may seem white but I look for the subtle color in the white. I used a pale blue gray for this painting. Consider pinks,lavenders, yellows, blue-gray, even pale green for a 'white' sky.
- I tried to create more interest through my mark-making. I also used an iridescent pastel in the tree trunks. When you don't have color....you need to find other ways to make the painting interesting.
- I used a gray-blue toned board to keep the entire painting neutral but consider toning the surface with a more lively or intense color. It will provide some interest when it peeks through the neutrals.
|My box of Neutrals or Mousey colors are perfect for the winter landscape|