|'Pawley's Pleasure' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
How much grass should we paint? How many blades of grass are enough? My answer is that we don't need as many blades as we usually put it. I remind myself to SIMPLIFY and STOP OFTEN.
Here is my reference photo for today's painting. There is a lot of marsh grass here! It is so easy to get caught up in the fun of painting the individual blades of grass. Before we know it we have overdone the grasses and we have a busy painting. Unless your goal is to have a very detailed photo realistic painting it isn't necessary to put in all of the grass blades you see in the photo. I have a few thoughts that I keep in mind when it comes to grasses:
- I use big chunks of grass color rather than a lot of linear marks. I begin layering my darkest base grass color and gradually getting lighter/brighter.
- I then decide where it would be good to put in a few blades of grass. These are my 'hints'. My goal is for the viewer to see these hints and fill in the rest of the area with grass.
- I use the edge or tip of my pastel to make painterly grasses. I never use a pastel pencil. I want my grasses to be lyrical.
- I only make a few blades then STOP, step away and evaluate. When I don't make myself stop I find that is when I get carried away and paint too many blades. Remember...make a few blades, Stop and see where more are needed.
|close up detail of the grasses|