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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Top 5 Favorite Paintings ... Wildflowers in Oil

'Blue Skies Smiling'      30x40      oil on linen  ©Karen Margulis  sold
My year of Experimentation continued in April of 2012 when I attended the 1st Annual Plein Air Convention in Las Vegas.  I was a minority with my pastels and I was intrigued and inspired by the oil painters.  I returned home, took out the oil paints I had but never used and tried them.  I worked with a limited palette of alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, cad yellow medium white and black. I tried doing a daily oil painting but manage maybe a few each month.

I thoroughly enjoyed painting with oils. I loved the textures I could achieve and I love pushing the paint around with a brush.  My appetite was wet!  This painting is meaningful for me because it is not only the largest I have ever painted it was an oil painting!  I was happy that I was comfortable enough with this new medium to tackle a large painting.

I finished the year with a plein air oil workshop with Marc Hanson. The flu and travel have not allowed me to get into the studio to practice what I learned so you can be sure that oils will be high on my goal list for 2013.

If you would like to see a post and photos showing this painting as a work in progress click here for the blog post.


Melissa Adams said...

This is beautiful! I love how you're expanding your art so much - you are so unafraid and it really inspires me! Gorgeous work!!!

Deborah said...

I just want you to know how much pleasure your blog brings to me.

Thank you so much for sharing your considerable talent with all of us.

Karen said...

Thanks Melissa! I really appreciate your kind comments and glad you enjoy my blog!

Karen said...

Thank you Deborah! I am looking forward to a great year so I hope you'll follow along!