|'Summer Profusion' 12x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available $175
The orientation/ format of the paper can have a profound impact on how well our concept for the painting comes across. We have four main choices: Landscape (horizontal) Portrait (vertical) Square and Panoramic.
How do we decide which one will be best for our subject? The usual recommendation is to do a thumbnail. I take this advice a step further. I like to do several QUICK thumbnails trying out each format. I have developed a cheat sheet for my planning. (see photo below)
Usually one thumbnail will speak to me the loudest. This is the one I paint. Often I like all of them for different reasons. These can all be developed into paintings.
One image = 5 potential paintings!
|My Painting Plan Worksheet in action|
Using the planning worksheet saved me a lot of aggravation on my demo painting. My intention was to use a piece of 12x18 Uart in a portrait orientation. I thought it would be a good format to show the country road going back into the woods. I set up my paper for the demo.
I decided to use my planning worksheet and discovered that I really preferred a square format for the painting. In the thumbnail the portrait format wasn't working at all....too much foreground! So I marked off a square on my paper. Taking a few minutes for planning was well worth my effort! (I probably would have ended up fussing with the foreground until finally cropping it off anyway!)
|my 12x18 paper turned into a 12x12 square|
|my reference photo|