|'Celebrate Spring' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I took the photo even though the conditions were not ideal. The redbud trees caught my eye as we drove past and I had to go back for a photo. The only problem was they were in the median of a busy road. I took the photo but there was a lot of unwanted information! It needed to be edited and simplified. I didn't mind! I had a bad photo and permission to interpret it into a more interesting painting! I have this quote on my studio wall and it is great advice.
"Study nature. Exaggerate light; overstate – the less inhibited you are, the better." Sergei Bongart
There was no doubt that I needed to exaggerate and overstate. Once I eliminated the clutter of the cars and road I exaggerated the colors behind the tree to create the illusion of depth and the suggestion of other trees. I picked up on a spot of newly green grass and exaggerated the color and the light. One thing I didn't have to overstate was the color of the redbud in bloom. It really was a vibrant pink!
When we give ourselves permission to interpret our photos....to overstate and exaggerate...we will allow ourselves to paint with passion and express how we feel about or subject rather than just recording the details.