Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Forget Me Not

10" x 8" oil on panel


I painted this for August's Virtual Paintout location of Detroit. In the midst of so much decay, this vacant lot was filled with beautiful little blue flowers. It looked like a field out in the country. I titled the painting "Forget Me Not" both for the flower and in tribute to what the people of Detroit have endured—they are strong and will be back better than ever!

I'm very happy with how this turned out. I followed a tutorial by Karen Margulis. She paints in pastels, but the principles apply to any medium. Because there is a finite limit to how many layers of pastel will stick to the paper, it also gave me an approach that circumvented my greatest flaw: overworking.

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