|'Motif #5' 3x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I have an idea that allowed me to paint it all but then also allowed me to narrow my focus. It happened at Stan Sperlak's workshop. Of course I wanted to paint 'The Big View'. We have tree in Atlanta but no big marsh so I couldn't get enough of this view. But how could I get it all in but not have too much information?
I decided to start with a warm up of the big view. I did an expanded mini on a 3x12 piece of paper. This long narrow format was perfect for the expansive view. It also allowed me to get it out of my system. I allowed myself one opportunity to paint it all!
Then I got down to work. I decided to zoom in on each of the headlands of the marsh. I didn't change my location. I only imagined that I was closer. It was kind of like I was my own zoom lens. I did a square format painting of the right side of the view and then the left. I played with the colors on each one.
I loved this approach. It helped get my nervous energy out with the warm up painting and I didn't even have to move my easel for the others paintings.
|'Closeup 1' 5x5|
|'Closeup 2' 6x6|