|'Seeking Peace' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
They chose it because it looked like it would be the most challenging. We all agreed that the scene was beautiful. The colors and mood were very nice. But it was boring. The class wanted to know how I would handle it. How would I make it more interesting?
|My reference photo is a scene from Central Florida|
Mood can be enough but it is still important that we arrange the elements of the painting so that the viewer's eye can easily move through it. If everything is the same will we know where to go?
The other issue with the photo was that the values were all very much the same middle value...no contrast at all. The shapes were also very similar....all long narrow bands of color. No variety. We discussed what we could do to improve this reference.
Here is what I chose to do with the painting:
- I decided to change the shapes and sizes of the trees and marsh grasses to create more variety.
- I also layered the trees and bushed making the back trees cooler. I cooled sown the very warm grasses in the distance to suggest more depth.
- I liked the hint of water going behind the first bank of grass so I decided to exaggerate and make this a more important part of the painting.
- I decided that this marsh needed some life. So I added a couple of white egrets....just a hint. They also provide some balance to the weight of the trees and grasses on the left.
painting notes: 16x20 on Uart 500 with a dry wash underpainting in warm colors.