|'Desert Light' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Start strong to end strong! It was clear to me this weekend during my workshop in Indiana. I was teaching a fantastic group of artists and we were exploring ways to paint with more expression. I shared several ways to start a painting including using 4 value thumbnails and Notan thumbnails and using them for the block- in/underpainting. Without fail the notan underpainting led to a bolder more dramatic paintings. Since a notan is just two values....dark and light or black and white...it allows you to begin the painting with strong darks and lights. No wimpy darks!
I just got home last night from the workshop and I felt the need to just come into the studio and play today. It is funny that way. Even though I paint 6 demos during the workshop I sometimes wish I could be the student and just play and try the exercises! I needed to just have fun and paint for myself today. 'Desert Light' is the result.
|Art Graf underpainting with Notan|