|'Wild and Free' 5x7 oil ©Karen Margulis|
Sometimes a painting will speak. I have to remind myself to listen because it might have something good to say. I began both of these poppy paintings with a plan. I wanted to have a wild and free poppy meadow under a bright blue sunny sky.
The first painting I did was the pastel. (photo below) I chose to do a warm color underpainting to accentuate the sunniness of the day. I chose a value underpainting using red. I used salmon for the meadow and pale pink for the sky. I had every intention of layering a beautiful blue sky on top of the pink underpainting. As the painting developed I hesitated to touch the sky. I liked it just the way it was. I liked the pink sky.
The sky was not pink in my reference photo. The sky was supposed to be blue. Leaving it pink meant I changed my whole concept for the painting. Could I do that? Of course I could.
I am an artist.....not a camera.
|'Wild and Free 2' 5x7 pastel $75|
Important tip: Whenever your painting moves away from your original concept and reference make sure you adjust the painting to fit the new concept. For example, in the poppy painting changing the sky to a soft pink meant that it was a different time of day and the light was different. I had to make sure to tone down the red on the flowers. I used a salmon pink for the lit areas of the flowers rather than the orange-red I would use if it were a sunny day.
If you would like to paint poppies consider my new pdf demo on painting poppies close-up. See it here in my etsy shop :https://www.etsy.com/listing/263334117/pastel-painting-lesson-demo-pdf