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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

A Fun Tip for Painting a Waterfall

'What a Rush'              10x8           pastel          ©Karen Margulis
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I took a pair of scissors to this painting but not for the usual reason. Usually we take out the scissors when we want to crop a painting to make a more interesting composition. It is so easy to cut pastel paper and get a few good paintings rather than one failure. But this time I wasn't using scissors for cropping.

How did I use scissors? I was adding the finishing touches to this waterfall. I realized that in some areas of the rushing whitewater the pastel was too thick and covered too much of the rocks. It didn't look natural. I wanted to have some of the rocks peek through to make the waterfall a bit more delicate.  I looked around my easel and spotted a pair of scissors. Perfect!

I used the tip of the scissors as a scraping tool. I started scratching through the light pastel (the whitewater) which revealed the rocks and toned paper underneath. It was just the right touch and allowed the waterfall to appear painterly rather than overworked. If I had added more rock color rather than taking away the water it would have potentially looked overworked and muddy. 

My demo board

A closer look at the scratching. 

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RoK said...

Wonderful pastel waterfall! Thank you for sharing how you achieved it.

Anonymous said...

Karen, I have been following your blog for years and I feel like recently your work has climbed to a new level!! Congrats, Crystal in TN

Karen said...

Thank you so much for the comments! I appreciate your kind words!