|'Autumn Warm Up' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Bad reference photos give me permission to make changes.
A bad reference photo often has problem with the exposure. Often the lights are too light or the darks are too dark. Especially when there is a big contrast. Cameras don't always do a good job exposing both the lights and the darks in the same scene. I don't mind overly light overexposed (blown out) skies.
|my bad reference photo with an overexposed sky|
I decided to use a pale blue with some light warm peach and yellow at the horizon since the sunlit grasses were going to be a warm orange-yellow. This ensures a relationship between the sky and land.
- Whether you choose the sky color first or develop the land first make sure there is a relationship between sky and land. I usually make sure to relate color in land and sky. I want to be sure I don't look like they would be two separate paintings.