|'The Secret Garden' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It is a good thing to have bad paintings. That means you are making progress. It means that you are learning what makes a painting strong and when it isn't working. Bad paintings are a sign of growth.
We have to paint miles of bad paintings before we can consistently paint good ones.
Yet I can't bring myself to throw out a bad painting. Not only do I not want to waste good paper, I want to learn from my mistakes. I want to challenge myself to see the good parts of a painting and build upon that.
|An assortment of unfinished paintings to be recycled|
|Old plein air painting rescued from the recycle bin....a bit dull|
- The old painting had a nice lead in pathway and I like the strong tree line. Both of these elements were in my new reference photo. Otherwise the painting was too busy and overly warm. It needed help!
- I brushed down the painting leaving a ghost image of the scene. I then sprayed it with workable fixative to restore some tooth. This was a piece of Pastel Premier sanded paper.
- I reinforced the dark trees and added some dark 'dirt' in the meadow. I slightly adjusted the path.
- I changed the color of the sky to a warm early morning yellow and cut into the tree line changing the shape and type of trees.
- I worked on the trees adding the greens of summer. I added a blue green to the distant trees.
- Next I worked on the grasses and flowers. This is a naturalized prairie garden in the city. This park provides inspiration for many of my paintings and it was wonderful to paint it in it's summer glory.
- The flowers were just starting to bloom while I was there adding a bit of color to the wonderful green grasses.