|'A Perfect Ending' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available in my Etsy shop $175
"Inspiration comes from doing" Robert Genn
That is excellent advice from Robert Genn and it was just what happened to me yesterday. I had not painted in several days. I am busy getting ready for company and three big back to back trips this fall. But I was feeling the need to paint. The problem....I wasn't particularly inspired and I was tired. I am a better morning person but it was 6:00 pm and I decided to just try to paint.
It wasn't working. I selected a wildflower meadow with a little red barn. I did an underpainting on a homemade board. The underpainting was blah but I soldiered on. I didn't get too far when I gave up. I wasn't feeling it! I could have thrown in the towel and walked away but I decided to change direction instead. I opened my unfiled photo box and pulled out an old friend photo.....this is a scene I've painted several times. It was speaking to me.
I brushed out the painting that was frustrating me and redrew my new composition. I jumped right in with a new and exciting palette and before long I was enjoying the process again! It was 7:30 before I knew it! I had entered the zone and was feeling inspired! I am so glad I decided to paint but even better I am glad I decided to stick with it! Yes Robert is correct.....Inspiration comes from doing!
|The uninspiring underpainting|
|Brushing out old pastel and drawing the new scene.|