|'Take Me Home' 11x14 oil on board ©Karen Margulis purchase here $225|
Don't give up in frustration. I've got an idea for you to try. Revisit your older work. You might have read about my own personal challenge to paint 5 small oil studies a week. I am doing this so I can get comfortable with a new medium. But this idea will work even if you work in your usual medium and just want to improve your work. We all have (or should have) personal goals for our work. Maybe we want to get looser and more painterly. Maybe we want to work on value or composition....whatever your personal goal ... you need to put in the time at the easel. See yesterday's post on painting Miles of Canvas.
So if you are at the easel but feeling uninspired look back on what you have already painted. Especially those paintings that pleased you. Take out an older painting or look at a photo of an older work, and use it as a springboard to a new painting. You can even start a series based on a previous painting.
- Change the color palette
- Change the light key...make it high or low key
- Change the paper size and orientation
- Do it over in a different medium
- Try different underpaintings
- Use a new paper or surface
|The larger oil painting was inspired by my 8x10 pastel (left)|
|My underpainting for the 11x14 oil|