|'Beach Dreams' 16 x 20 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Sometimes a demo done at a workshop is not meant to be a finished painting. Sometimes it is just a way for me to share certain concepts or ideas. I often finish these demos during my lunch break but I don't always get to all of them. This beach dune painting was one of the unfinished demos from my last workshop.
I took it out the other day and finished it. Before I return to an unfinished painting I look at it and evaluate it. I ask myself what it needs to be finished. I look at the CVC's of a good painting....the composition, values and color. I ask myself if my concept is clear. Have I created depth? Have I created a visual pathway for the viewer? Is there a connection between the earth and sky? Then I make notes to remind myself of the areas that need work.
This painting had good bones. It just needed some refinement in the right places. My notes were a reminder to work on just those areas. This prevented me from overworking the painting.
TRY THIS: Open a photo of one of your paintings in your computer. Use a program that lets you mark on the photo. I use Preview on my Mac. It lets me add text to a photo. Be critical of your painting and write down the things you'd like to change. Looking at a photo of your painting gives you a different viewpoint.