'Meadow Dance' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis
I am counting down to my top favorite paintings of 2011. Each one represents some goal I accomplished this year. This painting is special to me because it was accepted into the IAPS's 18th Juried Exhibition in Albuquerque this past June. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the IAPS convention and see the show in person. I now have earned 3 points towards the IAPS Master Circle! The other reason I chose this painting is because one of my goals was to work with my underpaintings and try not to cover them completely with pastel. I want them to guide me. This painting has an oil stain underpaintings and you can see how I managed to leave a lot of the interesting drips and spiderwebs. I'd like to do more of this in the coming year!