|'The Tide Comes Quickly' 8x10 plein air pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting here $125
I am taking time this week to look through my paintings and photos. I am reviewing my trip at leisure. A question from a reader got me thinking about how valuable it is to take time to paint on location. She asked "How do you know where each painting was done? Do you write on the back?"
Great question! I don't write on the back and that is a very good idea which I will now adopt.
But my answer to her was that I really didn't need to. I will remember. How?
|'Visiting Normandy' 8x10 pastel $125|
Looking at a plein air painting is the perfect memory jogger. That is because so much of me goes into each little painting. When I paint on location I experience the place with all of my senses. Looking at a finished study, I am reminded of the weather, the sounds, the smells, the colors. These things are clues which allow me to remember the location.
|on location in Normandy!|
Why is plein air painting so valuable? It is because of the way they are done....with all senses engaged. You are able to capture the colors and the emotion you see and feel. These things always give you more information than a photo can capture. Having these studies will help me create more authentic studio work from my photos.
Have a look at the pictures in this post. The top painting is my plein air study from a beach in Normandy France. The second painting was done before my trip from a photo of the same beach found on Google maps. The photos below are photos I took of the beach. Compare them. Notice the vibrancy of the sand color in the plein air painting. That is what I really saw or felt. My camera didn't capture it. Taking time for plein air is worth the effort!