|'Summer Blues' 6x8 oil on panel ©Karen Margulis|
available through Daily Paintworks $125
I knew it the minute I saw the delicate arrangement of a hydrangea bloom and baby's breath. I would be painting them. The shadow pattern on the white tablecloth, the colors and the bright light were all calling out to me. I don't usually paint still lifes but I felt inspired to paint these hydrangeas. When I got home from my trip it was the first thing I chose to paint. I was moved enough for the inspiration to last until I got home.
Sometimes inspiration is like that. It is like you are hit with a vision that compels you to put it on canvas. It is like an itch that needs to be scratched and you aren't satisfied until you get it out of your system and paint it. Sometimes though inspiration can be illusive.
|The photo of the hydrangeas that inspired me alongside my underpainting|
The hydrangea arrangement inspired this first painting. But as I painted I had ideas for more paintings and a new series was born. This happened because I chose to paint and was further inspired by my work. I will be working more on my hydrangea series this weekend. Painting inspires more painting!