|'A Gentle Reminder of Spring' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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|'Tiny Eggs' 2.5 x 3.5 pastel|
I believe that a painting style develops over time and changes as the artists grows and learn .....but also that everyone possesses natural tendencies that can be very hard to completely get away from. I like to encourage my students to embrace their natural tendencies and refine them and make them work for them....rather than fighting what comes natural. How do we know what our tendencies are?
- Take out 5 of your recent paintings and line them up. Study them. How are they similar? What is the common thread? Is it color choice? The way you make your marks? The way you compose?
- Take out the paper that you wrote on. Look at those three words/phrases. How do they correlate to your paintings?
I read a quote from Robert Genn that intrigued me.
"Your style is the way you talk in Paint"
Perhaps this is true for you and can give you insight into your painting style. And if it is true it can also give you insight into how you can tweak your style to use what comes natural to you and make it even better. Just think about how you can change the way you speak to achieve a different result. Now apply this same idea to your paintings.
By the way, the phrases I wrote down were shy and quiet but loud and strong when needed. I think this accurately describes my painting style.
|Collage of student nest paintings....evening class|