|'View From the Water' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
The painting is almost finished. It is almost there. But something is missing. It lacks the finishing touch. There is no eye candy. I like to call it spice. The little pop of color or an interesting mark that pleases the eye. It is very much like cooking. If you make a dish and play it safe....it may not be as satisfying. You want to take a bite and keep on eating. Spices used in moderation will do the trick.
Adding spice to a painting may make the difference in your viewer coming back for more or moving on to the next painting. So how do you decide what to do for a spice? What color? Where should it go? There is no single answer but I do have a tip that works well.
MAKE USE OF THE COLORS UNDERNEATH
|Drawing the tree shapes|
|Blocking in the painting with pinks and dark blue in the tree trunks|
|Rubbed in the first layer to get an out of focus watery feel|
|Begin building the painting using dark red violet in the trees|
The next time you are trying to decide how to finish a painting....consider your spices and bringing the underpainting colors to the finishing layers!