|'Emergence' 12x16 pastel over watercolor ©Karen Margulis|
available for purchase $165
"A painting requires a little mystery, some vagueness, some fantasy. When you always make your meaning perfectly plain you end up boring people." Edgar Degas
I love a good mystery story. Something that pulls me in and makes me think. I like it when a writer can give me just enough information to keep me hooked. I want to keep reading. I'd like to be a mystery painter! I'd like to tell a good mystery story with my painting. It is my goal to put in just enough detail to tell the story but not to give away the ending right away! I want the viewer to linger and to discover the bits and pieces that tell the story of the painting.
This quote from Edgar Degas speaks to me. It is something I have been working on in my paintings. How do I introduce mystery into my work? Wet underpaintings help.
Today's painting was done with a watercolor underpainting and tried to leave some areas to the imagination. Here are some close-ups:
|Not every petal is painted and I only used a thin veil of pastel over the watercolor|
|Very soft edges hint at a flower. Soft edges add mystery|
|I tried to be loose and free with my strokes. Bolder more opaque pastel contrasts with the thin pastel over watercolor|