|'A Beautiful Secret' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Link to the demo on YouTube:
The painting began with a plan. I changed the format of the photo and chose to do a landscape orientation. I did a black and white thumbnail to work out the composition.
|My reference photo and my black and white thumbnail|
I was interested in capturing the drama of the dark trees behind the flowers so I decided to do a black underpainting. I used an Art Graf carbon disc pigment black washed with water. I love these Art Graf squares!
|An underpainting on Uart paper with Art Graf Carbon Disc wash|
I got as far as the photo below in the video demo. I stopped at this point because the painting needed some thinking time before I could add the final touches. It is very hard to explain how I make these final marks. I find I get lost in this part of a wildflower painting and I simply have to let go and let my hand take over. It is a lot of adding detail and taking some away....a lot of back and forth!
In an upcoming live demo I will JUST do a finish to a painting so that you can see that part of the painting process. I hope you enjoy the demo!
|The demo as I finished the live demo.More work needed.|