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The Power of Suggestion in Painting

30 days ago   |   By Kem Studios

'Lowcountry Magic' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 I have wanted to paint this for several years. Ever since I took the photo one gorgeous morning in the South Carolina Lowcountry, I've kept it near the top of my reference photos pile. But I was intimidated. It had too many trees and too many trees equals too many leaves! I loved the colors and the mood and I loved the trees....I just wasn't sure how to tackle them.
I have been painting more trees lately though so it was time to tackle this one. I have figured out ways to suggest the details in trees rather than try to paint...
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Quick Photo Demo and Tips for Painting Grass

Quick Photo Demo and Tips for Painting Grass

30 days ago   |   By Kem Studios

'Summer Tango' 16x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis available $175 My grass painting has evolved. I have gone through the stages from painting every blade of grass with stiff fence-like marks to big swaths of green with no detail. As my style evolves the grass goes along for the ride! Lately I am interested in getting more depth in my grassy areas of a painting. Even in closeup viewpoints I want the viewer to feel like they could put their hand in the grass and not just on the top layer. To do this I have to build up many layers of complexity. I thought it would be interesting to show you a step...
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