|'Rich Silence' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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It looked like someone had dumped out my pastels. I looked down at the messy pile of pastels I have been working with lately and wondered what on earth had happened. I am usually very organized with my pastels keeping them in a somewhat orderly arrangement by color and value. I usually choose the pastels I am working with and line them up neatly on a butcher tray.
But the past few months I have gone astray. I have been working from a big messy pile of random pastels. And I am enjoying every minute!
|My Energizing pile of pastels|
But the funny thing I remember is that Albert didn't work from a neat organized box. In fact it was a box full of pastels much like my messy pile if memory serves me correctly. And he said an interesting thing. He liked working from the unorganized box so his eyes wouldn't get sleepy. That's what I wrote down. I had no idea what he meant. How could you find the color or value you needed in that mess!?
I get it now! My messy pile has been energizing. I have to work at finding colors that will work in the painting. I find I make unexpected choices this way. In my organized box I know where everything is and I often tend to make the same choices over and over. I choose my best friends to play with!
In a messy box I might see a color that I have overlooked or I might need to dig around for the right value and choose a value that works but not the color I would have ordinarily chosen. Working from a messy box keeps me on my toes and keeps me from being lazy with my palette choices. I get it now.
|detail from today's painting|