|'In My Cherry Grove' 8x10 plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available for purchase $125
The Cherry Trees were calling to me. They needed to be painted. I could take a hundred pictures of them but nothing could capture the way I feel about them like a painting them from life. I needed to get out of the studio and stand under the trees. I needed to hear the birds singing up in the branches. I needed to feel the warmth of the beautiful spring day, to smell the neighbor's freshly mowed grass. I needed to see the pale pink petals float gently in the breeze, carpeting the ground around me.
These are all things that a photo just can't do. A photo is flat and quiet. It is a piece of paper. Painting outside among the trees makes me feel alive. My hand moves across my paper quickly...choosing the pastels to capture the colors I see in front of me.
My plein air pantings are not perfect. But they are real. I never touch them up or finish them in the studio. I want to remember exactly how I felt the day I painted them. I will use them as studies for studio paintings. The plein air studies capture a moment in time. To change them would erase the emotions that went into the painting.
I don't get outside to paint as often as I'd like. But when I do I am recharged and renewed.
|My Gogh box|
My paper is Uart 600 that I toned a warm brown with oops sample paint from Home Depot.