|'The Golden Days' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
There is a lot more to it but the important thing for us to remember is that we have to control the edges in our paintings. If an edge is hard then the eye is drawn to it....the contrast pulls our eye. If an edge is soft then we don't notice it. This gives us POWER! We can direct the viewers eye through a painting by our treatment of the edges.
|The 'Before' version|
Let's look at today's aspen painting. In the original version above most of the edges are soft and fuzzy. This gives the painting an overall fuzzy out of focus feeling. Nothing stands out. It is Blah. I used this painting in a Patreon video last month to demonstrate the power of edges. It actually had too many hard edges so I brushed off most of them. Today I reworked the painting with a concentration of making the edges work to pull the viewer around the painting.
Look at the reworked version. Can you see where I made edges hard and where they are soft?
You can get more lessons and videos about the topic of edges and much more on my Patreon Page. www.patreon.com/karenmargulis
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