|'Autumn Grace' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|The planning board|
|The demo where I left it at the end of the video|
- The painting had potential but on review I felt that it had too much going on. The bright yellow tree competed with the busy foreground patches and grasses. Sometimes it isn't what you put in but what you take away! So I simplified the foreground with some big bold strokes and a little workable fixative.
- I needed to find a way to lead the viewer through the grass and shrubs to the big yellow tree. I had another photo of this location that showed a creek. That's what I wanted! A simple ribbon of blue water as a leading line. I put in some blue strokes and continued to add grass and shrubs forcing myself to keep it simple.
- I refined the trees with some brighter yellows and a few linear marks for tree trunks. Finished!
That was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoyed the video and the finish. Perhaps you would like to try a similar landscape? I have exciting news coming tomorrow. Here is a sneak peak.....I have a new page on patreon.com which will allow me to share more in depth instruction, videos, handouts and more. Check it out at www.patreon.com/karenmargulis . I will be adding a step by step demo and much more to this page.