|'Big Blue' 12 x 12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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It is so simple. I don't know why I didn't think of it sooner. Why can't I remember to do it more often! It is a simple way to make one photo into many paintings!
Use white artist tape to mask your subject
I saw Desmond O'Hagan tape his photo at his IAPS demo. I thought it was a great idea but forgot to try it myself. It worked perfectly for my Great Blue Heron painting. I wanted a square format and decided I wanted to focus on the heron's head. I couldn't fit his long body on the paper without making him too small. The tape idea was perfect.
|My subject masked with white artist tape|
Sometimes a photo will have small gems hidden in an otherwise boring or cluttered photo. Desmond was painting a very busy city street scene. Instead of painting the whole photo he masked off a smaller area which was much more interesting than the entire photo.
Taping a small area of a photo gives you the added bonus of simplification! You can't fuss over details that you can't really see.
- I use white artist tape because it is easy to remove without damaging my photo.
Today's painting is 12x12 on Uart with no underpainting or block-in. I used mostly Terry Ludwig and Diane Townsend pastels.