|'Marsh Study I' 6x6 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I am always looking for a challenge. I am committed to getting in some painting time everyday even if it is just for a quick study. Sometimes I show up but I am fresh out of painting ideas. That is when I try to challenge myself with self imposed assignments. The challenges give me something to focus on and I always learn something new.
I'm sure I am not the only artist out there with the problem of what to paint next...so I'd like to devote each Friday's blog post to an art challenge. I will issue a challenge that you can explore using the medium of your choice. This week's challenge is a compositional consideration we often overlook:
Changing the placement of the horizon can change the feel of a landscape painting.
|'Marsh Study V' 4.5 x 8.5 panoramic format|
The format of the paper is also a very important choice.....landscape, portrait square and panoramic all create different energy. Just because I am painting a landscape doesn't mean the horizontal format is the best choice.
So how do we know what will be the best choice? Thumbnail sketches help us see the possibilities. I took it a step further and did some small quick color studies. These studies will help me decide which composition is worth doing larger.
CHALLENGE: Take a simple subject and do several small studies. Change the placement of the horizon....low, high and middle. Try zooming into the scene and find an intimate composition. Try the same subject in a different format. The possibilities add up to a lot of potential paintings!
Feel free to use my photo below. How many paintings can you make with simple changes to format and horizon? Tip: these are quick studies. Set a timer and work no longer than 15 minutes on each one.
If you decide to take on the challenge feel free to share your finished pastel paintings in my Facebook group 'Pastel Challenge Group'.
|The reference photo for these studies|
|I used the Terry Ludwig Plein Air landscape set for my studies.|