|'Enchanted Forest' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|Treasures of the Enchanted Forest photo collage|
I painted my enchanted forest and I painted it with passion and it expresses my heart and soul and hopefully it will speak to others.
So what does every painting need? A good composition? Strong value plan? Good color harmony? A good drawing and handling of the medium are important. These things all contribute to making a painting strong. But there is something else. A very important thing that sometimes is not given enough time and care to develop.
Every good painting needs a story.
The artist needs to have an emotional connection to the subject. This is possible when there is a story behind the subject. Especially if we work from photos we need to have first hand experience with the subject matter in the photo. There is a story behind every photo. Some are compelling. Some evoke strong feelings. Some are just dull and uninteresting with a story to match.
Choose the photos with a good story.
We will have a more intimate and successful painting if we are connected to the story behind our reference photo. The viewer may end up interpreting the painting in their own personal way but if it was painted with heart and soul it will speak loudly.
|The value thumbnail, notan and reference photo|
|Fresh from the Forests of Sweden|