|'Bluebonnet Spring II' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I usually have a rule for my plein air paintings. I do not allow myself to touch them back in the studio. I leave them alone so I can learn from them. If I try to fix my 'mistakes' or try to make it better I will often destroy the freshness and authenticity that they have. I prefer to paint a new variation based on the study. I make note of the things I would change in the study and then start fresh. It is a much better learning experience.
Every once in awhile I break my rule!
|The original plain air painting....a demo from my Texas workshop|
Not one to throw out good paper I decided to use the bones of this painting to create a new interpretation.
- I found a photo taken near the demo location. It was a bit closer in and included some bluebonnets.
- I brushed out some of the pastel and sprayed the bottom half with workable fixative.
- Now primed for new pastel I let the photo guide my new interpretation.
The new interpretation works because I already had big simple shapes and a solid value map. All it needed were a few adjustments to the trees and bushes and the addition of bluebonnets in the foreground.
|a photo of a scene from the demo location|
|Brushed out, sprayed with fixative and ready to go!|
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