|'Summer in Ireland II' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I don't paint rocks all that often so making them the focus of my paintings this month will allow me to practice and explore an unfamiliar subject matter. I have combed through years of reference photos pulling out rock related photos from my travels. Today's painting is from a summer trip to Ireland.
I wanted the rocky outcrops to have texture. These were not smooth rocks. They were old and rough and covered with lichen and moss. I needed textured paper! The perfect solution was to use some clear gesso to liquify an unfinished demo painting. The gesso created a textured grayish surface and the peek from the older painting was just the right color and value for my Irish landscape.
|Repurposing an unfinished demo painting|
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