|'Over the Ridge' 12x9 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
When in doubt add some purple. This is advice that I take to heart. I probably have some form of violet in every painting. It comes naturally to me because it happens to be one of my favorite colors. My other favorite is turquoise. But I don't use violet just because I like it....I use it because it just works.
Violet can be a great unifier especially when used in a grayed down muted or neutral form. These gray violets are essential components to a successful landscape.
- They knit more intense colors together and allow those colors to pop.
- They are great for painting distant trees and mountains. They are essential to create believable depth in a landscape.
- Use a form of violet anytime you are tempted to reach for a gray pastel (made from back and white)
- Mix vibrant purples with the gray purples for added interest. Spices!
- Essential color for your box? As many violets as you can afford....red violets to blue violets, intense to muted. We can never have too many!
Today's painting began with a purple underpainting. I used Jack Richeson squares and did and alcohol wash. I used my set of Terry Ludwig pastels for the painting. Plus a few extras.
|a couple of Terry Ludwig 'message' pastels from workshops|