'Marsh Variation I' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis
purchase painting on Paypal $45I chose a marsh scene so I can play with water. I did a small thumbnail value study. I will be changing color schemes so I want to see the black and white version first. I don't want to be too influenced by the local colors in the reference photo. All of the paintings will be 5x7. The first painting is posted above. It is on Canson Touch with no underpainting. Would you like to shorten your learning curve? Consider taking the landscape variation challenge. I promise you won't regret it!
If you want to paint better, let me share the best advice I ever got. The advice was to paint more often. The more you paint the more you will accumulate the miles of canvas necessary to paint with confidence and ease. I was also given a challenge to paint 50 small pastels...small and quick. So I did and I couldn't stop at 50! I have been painting daily for 6 years now and I truly believe it has been invaluable in my development as a painter. Two years ago I read an article in the Pastel Journal about Marla Baggetta who painted the same landscape 100 times. What an inspiration that was! I decided to do it myself and it was the best learning experience for me. I experimented with color and materials and technique. It was fun! See my results on my blog 'Miles of Canvas'. I am going to do the challenge again with a different landscape. I will post my progress weekly but I am not giving myself a strict time limit...it may take several months but I know I will be learning with each new painting!