|'Evening Drama' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I wish I had taken a 'before' photo but one of the problems the painting had was that it was all middle value. The sky was the same value as the rocks and the two just kind of melted into one another. The other thing was that it wasn't a very interesting composition.
I decided it needed some DRAMA. And fortunately the surface I was using could take everything I could give it. It is Multimedia Art Board and I LOVE it. I'll be reviewing it more thoroughly soon but i'll sum it up by saying it is practically indestructible.
|close up detail|
- To get more drama in the painting I needed to increase the contrast. I darkened the sky and lightened the rocks. I also added some pops of pure color to the rocks. I think I could push the contrast even more.
- I also darkened the foreground I wanted the focus to be on the rocks so I wanted it dark and uninteresting.
- I also changed the direction of the clouds to point to the cliffs.
The next time I have a landscape that is Blah.......I will think about how I can add a bit of drama!
By the way the workshop was about pastel and water and we did a lot of interesting techniques that I will be sharing with my classes in August and then to by blog readers. It was a lot of fun!