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Friday, May 10, 2013

Pastel Demo ... Painting a Tangle of Wildflowers

'Field of Dreams'         11 x 14  pastel     ©Karen Margulis
Sometimes you find beauty where you least expect it. I came across this tangle of wildflowers in the parking lot of the Moab Utah visitor's center. I wasn't expecting them. Maybe some cacti but not these wonderful prairie wildflowers. I took several photos and forgot about them.

Today I was working on some unfinished paintings. I had this underpainting but didn't have the original reference photo. I thought it would be perfect for my Moab wildflowers. Below you can follow along as I developed the painting from the underpainting of big simple shapes to the finish. I never start with the flowers and grasses.....these come after I establish the underlying structure.   Enjoy this demo and I welcome any questions at all about my process!


Debora L Stewart said...

I do love your wild flower paintings Karen. They are fresh and expressive. Beautiful.

Karen said...

Thank you so much Debora! I hope we get to meet at IAPS! I am a big fan!!

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Karen, this is truly helpful in learning how to lay out a field of tangled color. I frequently have trouble filling in all the space in a forest scene here (Pacific Northwest) because there is so much green and so many leaves and vines and variations. Your method of underpainting in waves from the background and building on that seems a better approach than what I have been doing.

SueCrain said...

Wow! With a very wet day here today, I know what I shall be doing this afternoon - trying to follow this demo through!
Thanks Karen.

Catharina Engberg said...

Beautyful! Thank you for sharing!

Unknown said...

Great demo! Thank you.

Unknown said...

That is absolutely incredible Karen! There is very little in the field and background and then you add the "BAM" up front working toward the back on the surface- it takes the shape of the background but it is really just freshly added on top. Do you understand what I am saying? Anyway, I LOVE your loose style and I hope after practice, practice, practice I can master it. thank you for sharing!