|'Sunflowers in Red Vase' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I learned something at the Doug Dawson workshop that has had a tremendous impact on how I approach using a thumbnail. Prior to the workshop, if I even did a thumbnail I would set it aside and proceed to painting without giving it a second glance. It was if I did them because someone said we need to but I really didn't know HOW to use them to help the painting process.
Here is what I learned:
|Block in of first layer of pastel and thumbnail is at top right.|
USE THE THUMBNAIL TO BLOCK IN YOUR PAINTING. DON'T LOOK AT YOUR REFERENCE PHOTO DURING THE BLOCK IN. LOOK AT YOUR THUMBNAIL!
So simple but something I didn't do. I would have both the thumbnail and the reference in front of me and usually would refer to the photo or worse...to both as I blocked in the first layer of pastel. Using both at the same time leads to confusion and the tendency to put in too many details too soon.
Using just the nice clean and simple thumbnail allows you to create a strong and simple value map for the painting.
How I got from the block in to the finished painting is a topic for another post. Also I will share how I chose the colors for the block in. Be sure to sign up for email updates so you don't miss a post! Sign up on the sidebar on the right!