|'Hurry Home' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I liked it but something about it bothered me. I kept the painting in a simple frame in my studio. I would look at it from time to time and I just couldn't figure out why I didn't love it. It was a snowy Chicago cityscape that I had painted last winter. There were parts of it that I really liked....the suggested buildings, the snow and feeling of cold. But the figures bothered me. I decided to do something about it today. Have a look at the original painting below:
|The original painting...before any changes|
But how could I remove a dark pastel figure and cover it with light snow? That could be tricky. It called for my Essential Tip #1 Compressed air.
|Removing the bits that I don't like with canned air|
Tip: Take the painting outside when using the canned air since the pastel dust will be blasted into the air.
|The redo....still not quite happy with the painting|
The canned air did the trick and removed the offending figure. It allowed me to cover the area with the snow colors. I was also able to move the umbrella over. There is no longer any evidence of the second figure. I added a dog to pull the figure even further from the center. (and I love city dogs!)
There was still something about the painting that was bothering me. It must be the umbrella. The red color drew my eye to quickly to the figure and I wasn't able to enjoy the other parts of the painting. I needed to change the color of the umbrella but what color should it be?
Essential Tip #2: Try new colors by putting them on scrap paper and holding them over the area to be changed. These little color swatches are quick and easy to do and give you a preview of the new color without filling the tooth of your surface and/or making mud by making too many changes directly on the painting. (yes you could use photoshop but this old school tip uses the pastel colors you actually own)
I decided to use yellow for the umbrella. I am satisfied now with the changes and the painting. The yellow works well with the purples in the painting and doesn't draw the eye as quickly as the pink umbrella did.
These two essential tips allowed me to make significant changes to a painting without ruining it with experimental changes. Canned air and color swatches.....keep them in your bag of tricks!
|close up detail|