|'Sedona Morning Walk' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available on Etsy $125
We know that it helps to simplify a busy landscape and do thumbnails and value studies. We know we should find the big simple shapes and block them in before we get too involved with details. I try to narrow it down to 4-5 big shapes rather than a bunch of small shapes.
But how do we decide on what these big shapes should be? Try this tip:
OUTLINE THE BIG SHAPES
|My outlines on glassine paper|
My Twist: I decided to put a piece of glassine or tracing paper on top of my photo and draw my outlines on the paper. This way I don't mark up my photo and have more freedom to move things around. A bonus is the glassine blurs the photos making it easier to see the big shapes. The details are obscured!
Below is an illustration of how I used the outline to block in and start my painting.