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Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Sunday Studio Video...Painting a Wildflower Meadow

'Among the Thistles'           12x24          pastel         ©Karen Margulis
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It was a great Mother's Day.  I got to do my favorite things.....poking around thrift stores and painting! I found some good art and travel books in the thrift store and got a chance to spend the afternoon in the studio. I decided to do a Facebook Live broadcast to share the development of today's painting 'Among the Thistles'.  You can see the video on my You Tube channel here:


Here are a few details of the painting to give you some background:

  • I am using Uart paper 500 grit that I cut into a 12x24 piece. I taped the piece to a piece of foamcore. I wanted a long and narrow piece of paper to capture this little slice of a meadow.
  • I did an alcohol wash underpainting with Derwent Inktense sticks and rubbing alcohol.
  • I used Terry Ludwig pastels mostly the Richard McKinley landscape set.
  • I used Blair Low odor workable fixative to build the layers of the grass.
  • I added the bumblebees at the very end of the painting using just a few simple marks.

I hope you enjoy the video. It is unedited in a very informal format but just imagine you are a fly on the wall of my studio watching me paint!

close up detail


esther Jones said...

Karen, I just did a small bee on a painting and found myself wishing I could remember how you make your bees. Have you done a close up example of those somewhere?

Tres said...

Love your videos. Very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to do these.


Very beautiful spring landscape painting !!!

Monte Wills said...

Love love love your work! Thanks for sharing your videos and making the time to create them. This wild flower painting is amazing! Your relaxed approach and superior technique make a fantastic combination. Keep up the great art!

BJR said...

O!...a typical Monday and then I found the video of my favorite of all favorites...a meadow with flowers, queen anne grasses,,,and bumble bees. Very beautiful! I loved being able to watch and see how you do it. (Maybe I'll try an atc with my pastel pencils. I'm in bed, you know.) We'll see how it goes. ;)