|'Desert Blooms' 3.5 x 3.5 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I am a firm believer in trying to do something art related every day.....no matter how busy you are. If you could paint something every day that would be the best but I know that isn't easy. If you know me then you know that when I was working full time I painted a small 5x7 pastel study everyday at my lunch time. I credit this practice time for shortening my learning curve and making me a more confident painter. I encourage all of my students to make time for daily practice. Just like learning any new skill...practice is the key...you can read and study and watch but it isn't until you DO that it will all start to make sense and notice results!
Are you ready to commit to more practice time? I have a great idea for you.
|A collection of my small 3.5 x 3.5 pastel studies|
Think of these studies like playing musical scales or practicing your tennis serve. They help exercise your painting muscles so that when you do have more time to spend on a serious painting you will have more practice under your belt.
Here is the best part..... You will be recycling materials to use for your studies!
- I am using small 3.5 x 3.5 pieces of matboard cut outs that I covered with Clear Gesso. Read more about this in my post HERE. The gesso gives the matboard just enough tooth for pastels.
- You can easily find inexpensive pieces of mat board at local art and hobby stores.
- You can sometimes get matboard pieces from frame shops or framers. Ask around!
- Clear gesso dries clear so you can use it on colored mat board too.
- I like the matboard for it's thickness. It makes the small size seem more substantial somehow. But you could certainly cut up your scraps of pastel papers to use for your daily studies.
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A few more tips:
- Set up a small box of pastels that you can leave out and ready to use. For a small piece of matboard you don't even need an easel. Tape it to a small piece of mat board and sit at a table. Spread an old dish towel to collect the dust.
- Prepare your papers in advance. Have a stack of paper and reference photos ready to use. Don't waste your 15 minutes looking for supplies!
- Set a timer. If you tend to loose track of time or over work a painting....time your sessions so that you make sure you are doing small quick studies!
- Have fun and paint what you love!