|'Fairytale Forest' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I stood at the edge of the enchanted forest. I entered the shelter of the tall trees and it was like entering a great cathedral. It was silent. Deep moss cushioned my steps. I looked around in awe. It was the forest of fairytales. Deep and dark and mysterious but somehow not at all threatening. We were in the forest on the grounds of Ekenas Slott in Sweden. Searching for mushrooms...and blueberries and beetles. Treasures of the woods. My friend wandered in search of treasure while I wandered with my camera....could I capture the awe and wonder that I felt? Could I capture the gentle whisper of the wind? Or the way the light filtered through the trees and illuminated the forest floor? Maybe not with photos but maybe with paint. This moment needed to be painted. It was my story and I wanted to share.
|Enchanted Forest 9x12 pastel sold|
|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|
Today's painting at the top of this post is my most recent forest painting. This one is from Norway and it also has a good story behind it. I stumbled upon this troll garden at the top of a mountain. It was totally unexpected and magical! There will be more paintings from this special place!
Don't forget that my paintings are on sale until Monday! Original art makes a wonderful gift!! see the available work here: www/etsy.come/shop/karenmargulisfineart