|'Peaceful Meadow II' 30x40 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I think it must have been the music. Once I turned on the soundtrack to The Hundred Foot Journey and started painting, everything started to flow. I can't imagine how it would be possible (or as much fun) to paint this large without music that makes you move! Listen to this soundtrack and see what I mean!
Once I began the paintings I was finished in four hours. I had one ice cream break and kept going. When I was finished I felt like I had run a marathon. I was wiped out but was exhilarated. It was such a high to see the paintings come together and to know that four hours before I was staring at big pieces of blank paper!
|Here I am in front of the paintings to give you a better idea of the scale|
I had decided to work on both of the paintings at the same time and treat them as if it was one huge painting. The request was for the same level of detail as the smaller paintings discovered on my website. These were older paintings which had a lot more grasses and detail than I tend to paint now. So you will notice that the big paintings have more detail than the studies.
I also had to decide how to treat the flowers. How would I scale up the paintings? Would the flowers be larger than life? Would they be life size? How could I keep my strokes look the same as my smaller paintings.....I wanted the same loose feel to the paintings. I decided that they would be larger than life.
The largest flower head measures 13 inches wide!
I credit all of the preparation work I did with the studies and pastel palette selection for making the paintings progress so quickly. After all I had painted them already. It was just a matter of scaling up. The studies were my warm up and the paintings were the marathon! And now I am hooked on Huge!
|Starting with the dark shapes|
|Adding the sky and mountains|
|Putting in the grasses|
|Working on the flowers and final details|