Thursday, December 22, 2016

Favorite Painting of 2016: Poppies!


'Where Poppies Grow'           8x10         pastel         ©Karen Margulis
available $225
This poppy painting rounds out my top 5 paintings of 2016. This was an important painting because it was included in my color hero's book 'Exploring Color'. Nita Leland is a big influence on my understanding of color so it is quite an honor for me to be included in her book! Enjoy this post from the archives:

 I could not have asked for better news. The day that Nita Leland asked me to be a part of her newly updated book  Exploring Color was a dream come true. I have been such a fan of her books. They have truly been the key to helping this self-taught artist understand color. Whenever I had a color question these books have been my go-to resource. Whenever I felt like I was in a color rut I would open up one of the books and be filled with inspiration and ideas. I always recommended her books to my students. They are easy to understand and beautifully illustrated.

So when Nita asked if I would do a demo for the 30th anniversary edition of Exploring Color I was beyond excited. It was such a pleasure working with Nita on my part of the book. And now months later it is available! I immediately ordered a special package deal from Northlight which includes the new book Exploring Color, Confident Color and Nita's own Color Scheme Selector. I just checked and the kit is out of stock (8/25/16) but the books are available.

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I just received the package and I can't wait to dive into it and read this new edition. Of course the color wheel/color scheme selector intrigues me and I can't wait to try it out. I will be sharing my discoveries here on the blog.

If you are looking for a comprehensive and practical book about color be sure to order Nita's books. I will be writing a more detailed review of the new book and color scheme selector soon but I wanted to share the news with you!


My demo spread in Exploring Color




This is step one of the demo. See all steps in the book!

2 comments:

robertsloan2art said...

Wow. I can't believe I missed this one on the first time around. That's such a special thrill! Your painting is wonderful. I love this one, it's so intense and vibrates with color. The books look like so much fun!

Karen Sambrookes said...

Thank you for this book recommendation. I just ordered it. I admire your use of color in all of your paintings and I learn so much from you. I look forward to this perspective as well.... and to see your paintings in the book. Congratulations!