• A New Spin on an Familiar Motif..Oil Stain Underpainting

    1 month ago - By Kem Studios

    'She Dances Through My Dreams' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $225 I was excited by this underpainting! I did an oil stain which is a very intense and vibrant way to do an underpainitng for pastels. I was using up some extra oil paint after my video demo. I didn't use a reference photo but I had a general idea that I wanted to try a lavender field with the oil stain. So this underpainitng was pulled from my Provence trip memory bank! I think having painted several versions of the Provence lavender fields helped me have a vision for this underpainting.
    The oil stain...
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  • Stopping at the Underpainting

    Stopping at the Underpainting

    1 month ago - By Kem Studios

    'Beneath it All' 6x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $150 I had a little underpainting party the other day. Just me. I turned up the music and just made underpaintings with some leftover oil paint. I didn't have a plan for any of the underpaintings. For a couple of them I had some ideas from my imagination...lavender fields, aspen trees... for others I just painted shapes and colors. When I ran out of paint I was still on a roll. I didn't want to stop!
    I had another idea. What if I used the rest of my Gamsol to wet down some old unfinished pastel paintings? I pulled out a couple of 6x8...
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  • Tips for Preserving an Oil Stain Underpainting

    Tips for Preserving an Oil Stain Underpainting

    1 month ago - By Kem Studios

    'October is Calling' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 Have you ever done a really cool underpainting and then proceed to cover it up completely? Have you ever applied your pastel so thick that you can't even remember what type of underpainting you did? Take heart if this has happened to you. It happens to me more than I like. I try to preserve an underpainting but it takes a huge amount of RESTRAINT. And that is something I don't always have.
    Here are a few tips I have discovered that make it easier to keep some of the underpainting visible:
    Slow down after you have a light...
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