|'Dreaming of Poppy Meadows' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting here $250
What happened as I painted the same image bigger and bigger? I was liberated! It was exhilarating. My marks got larger and bolder. There is more movement and energy in the larger paintings.
Look below at the progression of the three paintings from smallest to largest. You can click on each one to see more detail.
|'Knee Deep in Poppies' 8x10 pastel $125|
|The next one....16x20 'Dreaming of Poppy Meadows'|
|The last painting.....18x24 SOLD|
- Repeating the same image...painting from a painting and not a photo allowed me to become intimately familiar with it. I was also free to take liberties with it. I wasn't worried about copying or being true to the photo.
- Using the same palette and similar composition allowed me to concentrate on the application of pastel....how I made my marks. Soft. bold, linear marks or chunky marks? familiarity allows for more freedom in interpretation.
- Working larger was the key to feeling liberated. As the paper got larger I had to get my whole body involved.....big sweeps with my arm and not restricted movement on a tiny surface. I highly recommend working larger and having a chance to dance with your pastels!
I often do series of similar subjects but this was an interesting take on a series. I learned that I really enjoy painting larger and I enjoy the freedom that a larger paper allows!
Painting notes: All were painted on Uart sanded paper 500-600 grit with Terry Ludwig pastels. I did a dry underpainting....red and orange Nupastels rubbed into the paper with a piece of pipe foam insulation.