I was on a deadline today – a post was due to be published! I wanted to show you a progression through one of my paintings. Problem was, I didn’t have anything to share. So I needed to get creative quickly. I set a timer and chose a limited palette by using a starter set. I decided on Terry Ludwig’s Best Loved Basics because I knew it contained a deep purple and I was going to need it since I’d be painting plums. Once I got started though I wondered how in the world it would be successful – I was missing colours I felt I needed!! But I didn’t have time to waffle about so I got stuck in and embraced the restriction of the limited palette. Have a look!
First the set up.
What I struggled with from the start was deciding the divisions of values – what would be light, what middle value, and what dark. Would the plums AND their cast shadows together be the darkest value? Or would I need to create shapes of middle value within the plums and also the shadows on the left (which in life looked lighter than the ones on the right)? Choices to be made. You can see my struggle in the thumbnail.
And then I got into the pastels.
This was a huge challenge for me. First there was the restriction of time. I set the timer for half an hour, created the thumbnail and then drew up the piece on UArt paper. (The bowl of plums I had on hand pretty much as is.) I then reset the timer for 40 mins and finished the pastel before the timer went off. Whew!
So there was the demand of limited time. Then there was the limited palette. And it wasn’t a limited palette of carefully colours I selected. No, it was a limited palette taken from an existing set. Sometimes you just need to work with what you have. My challenge here was using colours I might not normally have chosen to paint this set up. I yearned for colours that weren’t there. I was outside my comfort zone for sure!!
So tell me, have you ever used a set of colours that were outside of your comfort zone? And if you have, how did you feel and what was the result?
Thanks for being on this pastel journey with me.
Until next time,