|'Hope Valley Fall' 8x10 plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I believe that we can only understand what we can process. There is so much to learn when it comes to painting that we can't possibly be expected to know it all right away. It is a process. Keep studying and keep painting and keep looking and those moments of clarity will come.
This painting is an older plein air study. I came across it the other day when searching for something else. I painted it several years ago at a Richard McKinley workshop in Hope Valley California. I learned so much that wonderful week but probably the thing that really clicked was the secret to beautiful greens.
The Secret to Green is Orange and Violet is the friend.
Or something like that. Richard shared that gem with us and at the workshop I actually got it. I SAW it. I looked at the trees and the green grasses and saw more than just green. I also learned that even if I didn't see it I could certainly exaggerate and enhance my greens with the addition of warm colors and my favorite color....violet. I have never looked at greens quite the same way again.
Do you have a breakthrough moment that really made a difference in your work? Share it in the comments!