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Saturday, June 27, 2020

Thoughts on Pathways and Barriers in a Painting

'Summer Magic'               9x12            pastel           ©Karen Margulis
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I finished the painting and stepped away. I thought I had finished. I took time at the end of the painting and made a list of things to correct. But when I stood back I saw something else that I needed to fix. My goal was to create a path of light up from the flowers to the bright green grasses up the tree trunks. That was my plan to move the viewers eye around the painting.

When I looked at the finished painting my eye wasn't cooperating with my plan! My eye wanted to follow the yellow green strip of light in both directions which was good but I was also drawn off the painting on the right because I had let the pathway of light go all the way to the edge. (see below)

It was subtle. But it needed to be fixed. It was an easy adjustment. All I needed to do was Scumble a bit of the darker green over the edge of the strip of light. I slightly darkened the exit creating a visual block or barrier. I want to keep the viewer in my painting for as long as possible!

Where does this path of light take you?
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