|'On the Edge of Tomorrow' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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A variation of this condition occurs when an artist doesn't begin the tree with a simple shape and instead blocks in every spot of dark and light they see. Both can lead to busy and spotty trees.
Remember this: You can't hang your leaves on spots of dark. You need something solid to support them. and.... Don't forget to leave a little mystery.
I have a cure for Phylliosis. It comes in a can! Read on for details.
|detail of tree with suggested leaves|
Part of the cure for Phyllosis begins with a big strong and simple shape.
- Begin painting the tree by observing the overall shape or silhouette. Squint. What value is the shape....block it in with a mass of the main value you see....avoid blocking in each small bit of light and dark. You need a big simple mass to start with.
- Next begin to carve into the tree shape with the background color (sky holes) Remember that the silhouette of the tree tells the viewer what kind of tree it is. Use middle and lighter values to create the volume of the tree. Add blocks of the lighter values where the tree would be receiving light....not all over the tree! Think before you mark!
- Next it is time to add in some leaf shapes. Only a few are needed to help describe the tree. But here is where Phyllosis often kicks in.....before we know it we have overdone the leaf shapes! This is when I take out my can of workable fixative and spray the whole tree. This will darken and fix the pastel layers effectively simplifying all of the busyness. It is now easy to scumble some pastel over the simplified areas leaving a glaze of green that SUGGESTS leaves. No more phyllosis!