|'Deep in the Meadow' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I like to repurpose everything so giving an old painting a new life is a fun challenge. I will share these repurposed paintings in my new blog feature Pastel Painting Makeovers. Here is the first one.
This is an interesting painting. It is on a piece of gatorboard with a homemade grit. I had painted some Queen Anne's Lace but they were not working. So I used the painting to show a class how to restore tooth on an overworked painting. You can see in the photo that I brushed some areas off. I applied matte medium for texture. I used workable fixative in other areas. But I never got around to painting over it. It was just a sample.
Today I pulled it out and was inspired to rework the flowers using a different color palette. I decided to have the blooms emerging from a dark background with some warm light bouncing around them. I wanted a change from the greens and sometimes these flowers look this way in late summer.
I like how the texture of the matte medium and fixative helped create a 3D effect on the flowers and parts of the background. I will be trying this again!