|'Stormy Sunset' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
For now I do work a lot from my photos. But I take liberties with them. They serve to jumpstart my imagination and often once I get the painting started I find I am not even looking at the photo. It already did it's job. Now my imagination takes over.
|close up detail|
|My reference photo|
I remember the evening I tool the photo. I was in Cape May NJ with friends. We were in a restaurant enjoying a good meal. It was cloudy when we went in and soon the winds picked up. A big storm came on quickly. Everything was blowing and the wind was howling. A crack of lightning was followed by the lights going out in the restaurant. It was some storm! We finished by candlelight. After the meal we head out to the car. We were greeted by a glorious and unforgettable sight.....A fiery sunset over the bay. It was completely unexpected and exceptionally beautiful. That was over 10 years ago. before I started painting. But the memory of that evening is still vivid and that memory helped me interpret my bad photo!