|'October's Song' 11.5 x 16 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available $175
Below is a photo of non-lyrical limbs. This is a stiff and rigid tree trunk and branches. We often create this type of tree when we draw the trunk and branches with a thick/soft pastel and we use too much pressure.
|Stiff and boring trunk and limbs|
This type of tree skeleton often leads to stiff and ordinary looking trees. I try to avoid these dark and heavy trunks and branches in my trees. Below I have done some more Lyrical Limbs. These trunks and branches are drawn with a lighter hand and with the edge of the pastel stick.
|Lyrical limbs dancing on my paper|
How To Create Lyrical Limbs
- Relax your grip! Hold the pastel stick loosely in your hand so that you can draw with more freedom.
- Dance. Use a light touch and allow the pastel to dance across the paper creating broken lines.
- Avoid pressing down to hard which leads to dark and heavy lines.
- Use the sharp edge of the stick. I sometimes will use the sharp edge of a hard pastel to paint the thinnest branches.
- Keep repeating "Lyrical Limbs, Lyrical Limbs, Lyrical Limbs" to remind yourself to loosen up!
- Play some music to get you in a relaxed state of mind.
|skyholes and lyrical limbs together|
|my reference photo|