|'Over Golden Fields' 4x4 pastel ©Karen Margulis $35 Etsy|
But after the morning class left I had a great idea for the little viewfinders. Why not use it to find beautiful little paintings within the painting! Have you ever had a painting that didn't work but had areas that were great? Or at least had possibilities? This is the same idea. I tried the idea using the demo I did for the class.
|'Indian Summer Day' 16x20 pastel|
Here is the demo I did for the morning pastel class. We are working on skies and I will be posting more about that in future posts. I took the little viewfinder and held it over the big painting moving it until I found a little snippit that I liked. Laying the viewfinder flat I then painted a small 4x4 pastel based on the simple composition in the viewfinder.
The painting at the top of the post is the result. Since I could only see a small part of the painting the new painting takes on a totally different mood. It was also easier to simplify the composition since I was enlarging the simple shapes I saw in the viewfinder.
|Using a viewfinder to discover new compositions|
You might like to read my post on making every inch of your painting beautiful HERE