|'The End of September' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am missing out on one of the benefits of Plein air painting. Making use of the studies. These studies may not always be great or frame-able but they do give you better information than a photo.
I discovered that my plein air studies shows the emotional response I had while studying the scene on location. Compare the photo of the scene and my plein air study below. Can you see the drama and feel the wind in the painting? You can't see that in the photo. When I look at the study I am reminded of the wind and the ever-changing drama in the sky. Now to recapture that drama in a studio painting!
|Reference and Plein Air Study|
The demo was a success. I got a lot of positive feedback and had a lot of fun with it. I don't think I captured the wind in the big painting and I think it is partly because I was talking and painting at the same time so I wasn't in the 'wind zone'. Also it is different paper. I used wallis Belgian Mist for the study and Uart for the demo....so it seems much smoother.
I am not finished with this motif so I will try it again to see if I can capture the energy of the study. I am encouraged to work from my plein air studies more often. I just needed a reminder!
If you didn't get to see my new YouTube video demo because the link wasn't in the daily email here is the link http://youtu.be/HJwX_3-Qg7o I apologize for that. It seems the email subscriptions don't pick up embedded links.