|'Lavender Magic' 9x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Tony shared his tip on Facebook and I am so glad I saw it today. I adapted it a bit but here is the main idea: Make a small viewfinder. Matboard works great. Use the viewfinder on your reference photos to discover small areas that could be made into paintings. I have done this in the past but I use artist tape to tape off my new composition within the photo.
This is a great way to find simple areas in complicated reference photos or to get more milage from a favorite reference! I found a long narrow section of one of my Provence photos. It was the perfect size for a piece of black scrap paper I had. See below.
Thanks Tony for sharing your tip! I am sure I will use it more often!
|My 'new' reference photo ad paper. It is Black Canson Mi-Teintes paper.|
|This is the first layer of the painting,|