|'Mountain Music' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis
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It is one of the hardest things to do. Finishing a painting. The big question always is "Am I finished?" If I find myself asking if I am finished that is my cue to STOP. I might not be finished but I am probably close and usually closer than I think. Stopping prevents me from overworking the painting and adding unnecessary information.
When I stop I can now step back and evaluate my progress. One of the things that often happens when we are engrossed in a painting is that we don't stop and step back often enough. Staying too close to the painting doesn't allow us to see the whole picture....are there problems with the composition? Do the values read correctly? Is the drawing accurate? Things that are hard to see up close become clear when we step back.
If you forget to step back try setting a timer for 15 minute intervals. When the timer goes off....step back!
When I am standing back from the painting..... I ask myself if another mark would add something to the painting. If the answer is no then I have said all I need to and the painting is finished.
Sometimes the answer isn't clear.....something is missing in the painting. In this case I allow myself THREE marks. After I add these marks I step back and repeat the process.
They can't be random marks. They have to have a purpose!
I decided I needed a pop of color in the meadow. I consulted the Analogous color wheel and discovered the discord was yellow orange. I made three marks of yellow-orange which added just enough spice. Finished!
|watercolor wash underpainting on Multimedia art board with additional clear gesso for texture