|'Take Me There' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I had a chill in my bones today. Maybe it was the snow painting I was working on. Maybe it was just cold in my studio. But I needed something to get me warm. I surfed some cruise websites during lunch and that helped. But it also made me want to paint some Caribbean sunshine. I dug out my cruise photos and chose this one from Magen's Bay, one of my favorite beaches on St. Thomas USVI (only very early in the day before it gets too crowded)
I was lazy to put away my snow palette of pastels from my morning session, but looking at them I realized they would work just as well for this beach painting. All I would have to add were the greens in the tree.
I discovered that painting white sand is a lot like painting snow.
The blues and violets I used for winter skies and snow shadows can be used for the Caribbean sky and sea. I used the same warm red underpainting that I used in my sunny snow painting. It worked in both paintings to give that warm glow. I did use a brighter light (almost white) in my snow but that was the biggest difference.
|Putting the painting in the magic frame to see if it is finished|
So here is my poll....I welcome your responses to help me plan. I want your ideas! No obligation, I am just wanting to see if there is any interest. You can respond in the comments or by sending me an email.
- Would you be interested in a Caribbean Art Cruise with me?
- How many nights?
- Any particular Islands you would like to visit? Cruise line?
- Would you like a structured daily plan or a more relaxed cruise with optional instruction?
- Would you be interested in Plein air painting at the ports or just sightseeing?
- Any other thoughts or ideas are most welcome!