|'Clover and Lace' 12x16 pastel ©Karen Margulis Purchase Here $175|
" I've never seen anyone paint Queen Anne's Lace the way you do." Not only did the comment make my day it also gt me thinking. What do I do that is different than other artists? How did my style evolve? What is the secret for painting a Queen Anne's lace bloom? Expanding on these questions I started thinking about how artists become known for a certain style or subject matter. How does one begin to master a certain subject?
I don't have all the answers but I do know what has worked for me. The secret for painting wildflowers for me is that I paint them often and with passion. Paint what you love. Paint your truth. I have heard this advice many times. Figure out what it is you are drawn to. What makes your heart race? What compels you to capture it on canvas or paper? For me it is wildflowers and probably Queen Anne's Lace as my most favorite subject. When I see them bobbing by the roadside my heart sings. When I paint them I try to paint them with the same excitement and passion. If you can paint something with passion and love than this will show in your work.
My secret for painting any subject well:
- Paint what you love. Sure, you need to stretch and paint other things to help you learn and grow as an artist. But always make time to return to your favorite subjects.
- Paint what you know....or really get to know your favorite subject. Study it and paint it over and over. I can't tell you how many variations on this same field of Queen Anne's Lace I have painted. I vary the technique,color palette, composition....and with each painting I get to know the flower even better. I never tire of painting them because they move me
- Plan and then paint with Passion! When I paint a field of Queen Anne's Lace I start with a plan so that when I paint I can paint with passion and just intuitively respond to my painting. I don't want anything to slow me down like choosing colors and making composition decisions.