|'Among Friends' 16x20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Today I was looking through some unfinished demos and found this one from last Spring. It was time to refine and finish it. The question was just how much refinement did the painting need?
|The original painting before refinement|
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.” ~Francis Bacon
|The left lower corner|
It was hard. I saw so much detail in my reference photo. I saw so many interesting flowers and wonderful tangles of grass and stems. I was tempted to add these details. But I resisted and left these areas alone.
If you look at the cropped photos you can see that the bottom corners of the painting have only a few light layers of pastel In fact you can still see the underpainting which was a value based alcohol wash. Leaving these areas a bit unfinished and mysterious allows us to visually skip over these areas and enjoy the stars of the show!
|The right lower corner|