|'Distant Red' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available $145
Take today's landscape. It is an autumn scene from New Jersey around the Edwin B Forsythe Wildlife Preserve. The grasses were wonderful shades of gold and the distant trees were showing signs of color. It was a wonderful time of year for enjoying the wetlands.....but it was New Jersey.....not the South Carolina Low Country.
|My thumbnail and working plan|
This was important to my collector. She came to my studio to make a purchase. (it is always nice to meet and share my work in person) She was interested in a marsh landscape and loved the painting on my easel...this NJ Marsh. She knew it wasn't the LowCountry though and it wouldn't work for her. How did she know? She loved the marsh and water but knew that the red trees didn't look like her marsh. They weren't LowCountry trees!
There is a lesson in this exchange. It is fun to make up a landscape or combine references but to be authentic it is important to KNOW your landscapes....know your trees and water and skies. Some viewers won't care but many will know and will care. My collector did find a Lowcountry marsh that spoke to her and my NJ Marsh will wait for another chance.
Painting Notes: Uart paper 400 grit with a 4 value underpainting using warm colors, rubbed in with pipe foam.