|'Wishes Do Come True' 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available here $150
I don't search for the perfect reference photo anymore. I am FREE! I prefer blurry photos with washed out color. I am free to move things around, change colors, add and take away elements to make a better painting. It is so liberating.
Today I tried something with reference photos that really allowed me to have fun and reach inside my own imagination to create the painting. I combined two unrelated photos. Give it a try for your next painting! Here are some tips:
|The reference photos I used for my paintings. Thank you to my friend for the photo!|
|'Dandelion Wishes' 6x6 pastel sold|
- Choose elements in the photo that you want to keep and choose elements from the second photo that you wish to add. I liked the distant trees and mountain in the first image so I expanded these and added the dandelion puffs.
- Pay attention to light source and direction of light and shadows whenever you are making changes. You can change the time of day/lighting just make sure you are consistent and that it makes sense. Ask yourself "Where is the light source? Are my shadows going in the right direction? Does this element look like it is in the same place or does it look out of place?"
- Rely on your imagination and your experiences to tie your images together. You don't need to copy something to say something...Use your own Words!
Painting notes: Both paintings done on gray Pastelmat paper with a selection of soft pastels, mostly Terry Ludwigs and Great Americans. No underpainting.