|'Serenity Bend' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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As Jove Wang reminded us during his demo at the Plein Air Convention "Even is Boring"
We certainly don't want BORING! We need to jump in and take charge and mix things up a little!
|Before the changes|
|Nice and even spacing between the trees|
The photos above show the 'before' version of the painting. Notice the tree trunks. They are all lined up with straight trunks. The INTERVALS or spacing between the trees are also just about the same. Even = Boring!
I returned to the painting with a mission....to break up the even spaces and make the negative spaces more interesting. I did this by changing the placement of some of the tree trunks. I also used the sky color to create more interesting shapes. Finally I changed some of the trees and bushed to break up the area and make a more interesting tangle of foliage.
Below is the result of my makeover. It captures better the feeling of the wildness of this place. It wasn't a cultivated garden so I didn't need it to be neat and organized.