|'Under the Summer Sun I' 6x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It was time for the scissors. I got carried away with the bits and pieces in my painting. I had forgotten about the whole thing....the big picture. How do those bits fit in? Did the whole painting work or had I gotten too busy? I sure was having fun but I wasn't satisfied with the results.
I left the painting on the easel. Maybe the answer would come in the morning.
|The 12x18 painting before the scissors|
I came down to the studio the next morning and was dismayed to see that the studio fairies had not paid a visit. The painting sat on the easel untouched. It still bothered me. It was too fussy. I could brush it out and rework it. Sometimes it is a matter of taking things away rather than adding pastel and more 'stuff' that solves a problem. Brushing out would certainly simplify the painting.
The problem was I liked all the bits and pieces. I just didn't like them all together! If I brushed them out I would lose the things I really enjoyed. It was time for the scissors.
|'Dancing with the Sun I' 6x6|
Tip: If you decide your painting is a candidate for cropping be sure you don't just make equal divisions. I like to use mats in different sizes to visualize the crops. It just so happened that I was able to make equal divisions for the sunflowers. It doesn't always work that way! Mats help you decide on the best parts of the painting.
|'Sunny Patch I' 4x4|
|'Dancing with the Sun II' 6x6|
|'Under the Summer Sun II' 6x6|