|unfinished piece of larger painting (oil)|
|9x18 pastel on watercolor (plein air)|
When painting with all intense color it becomes garish...it's like a room full of loud voices and you don't know who to listen to. Neutrals are the small conversations that make you lean in to know more.
In oils it is so easy to control and understand neutrals, but in pastel you have to understand what is in each stick since you have not mixed it. Having an abundant supply of neutral pastels is encouraged. You can also mix your own neutrals by layering the right value of the complementary color of pastel on top. Or using your underpainting and layering on that.
One of the secrets of neutrals is simultaneous contrast.....I will save that for next time.