|'Summer Reprise' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Just one more! That's all it needs. One more blade of grass. One more pop of color. Before I know it I lose track and I have lots more grass and lots more color pops. Nothing is special anymore. I have overworked the painting by adding MORE.
We've all heard the advice. Less is More....Leave something to the viewer's imagination....suggest things rather than spell them out. It is easier said than done.
Has this ever happened to you? You are painting and add something that really works. Maybe an interesting mark. Maybe a spot of unexpected color. Maybe the way you created an element such as grass or water reflections. It is a bit thrilling. " Ohhhhh I did it! It looks great. Let me do MORE of that!" So you add another and another. Oh Look this is looking so good!" You add more still. And then you realize you have lost that magic. You lost track and overdid it.
I am going to print this out and put it on my easel:
MORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER
|this is the oil stain underpainting for my coneflowers|
- At the end of the painting process slow down and make sure that every mark you make has a purpose. Make a mark, step back and evaluate the painting. Does it need more?
- Keep a mat or frame handy and when you work on an area that really pleases you.Stop. Put the mat up to the painting and step away. This can help you see that more may not be needed!
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