|'The Forever Flowers' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis SOLD|
- When we work from life or our own reference photos we have a personal connection to the subject. We have experience with it and understand it like no one else can. It is easier then to put our own unique spin on the subject. I tell my students that they should get into the habit of working from their own reference photos.
- When we know the subject we can figure out why we want to paint it. As Richard McKinley told us in his workshop "If you don't know why then you won't know what" If the subject has a story then it will have meaning for you. You can then decide what it is about the subject that you want to express.
|The cutting garden at the mountain house|
We love the flowers but don't like them to be cut. (deadheading is OK) Early the next morning the neighbor came and started cutting and making the bouquets that she sells at the market. Oh it was so sad to see those sunflowers cut down. And imagine our dismay when she brought a cut bouquet up to the house for us to enjoy. She meant well. She didn't quite get why we prefer our flowers growing and not cut. I told my friends that I would take pictures of the bouquet and paint them so that we would enjoy them forever.
I painted them on Diane Townsend pastel paper with a watercolor underpainting. I painted them from my heart. Jayne and Holly....here's to our Forever Flowers!