|'Where Poppies Bloom I' 5x7 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
Sometimes it is just the little things that make a big difference. I am so excited by my discovery of a simple way to display my reference photos while I paint. I don't use a tablet or computer to view photos. Instead I use small photos printed on regular paper. I usually clip my photo on my foamcore support board making it easy to see. But I needed a different solution for my oil painting corner.
My little Strada easel doesn't have a place for attaching photos....it is a plein air set-up so it really isn't needed. I plan to use the easel for plein air and studio so I needed a way to see my photos.
I decided to think like a plein air painter.....Looking past the easel to my painting subject.....hanging on the wall in front of me! The perfect spot for my reference photo is the wall in front of my easel!
I created a Wall of Inspiration. Simple and effective!
|The Wall of Inspiration.|
There was already a nail in the wall so I decided to use the nail. I used a binder clip to hang my photo from the nail. Binder clips are great! I left room on the wall to attach any plein air or pastel studies that I may want to use as reference. I used blue wall tack to attach the pastel study but another nail and binder clip would work and I will probably add another nail.
I printed out one of my favorite quotes about working from photos and added it to my Wall of Inspiration. It will remind me to interpret the photo and not copy it!
|pastel study 5x7 $75|
|Finished! Reference photo and pastel study on the wall behind my easel|
|close up of oil painting|
|side by side...oil and pastel|