|'Deep into the Marsh' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis 2013|
Sometimes I go to the 'discard' pile and choose a painting to play with and rework. Sometimes I take a failed painting and just wipe it all off to reuse the paper (no sense wasting good paper or throwing it out!)
There are some paintings I hold on to so I can gauge my growth. Sure you can always refer to photos of your older work but often when we are beginning our painting journey we don't even take photos and we are quick to throw away the 'bad' ones. There is nothing like seeing these older paintings in person though. Especially old workshop paintings. Let me share what I discovered.....
|Plein Air Studies from Crow Creek 2013|
|Crow Creek Farm Fall 2008|
Yesterday I was looking for a sold painting in my studio and the discard pile called to me for some reason. I started going through them. A piece of foamcore with a few paintings attached caught my eye. Hmmm these look familiar! It's Crow Creek Farm! These were the paintings I did at the workshop I took with Stan Sperlak back in the Fall of 2008. Five years ago!
I looked back and forth between what I did of the same place then and now. I can see my growth and that is exciting. I can see that I am a better observer. I am more careful and even though I paint quickly I can see that I can now make more deliberate choices on where I place my marks. I am definitely more confident and not afraid to make a mark and leave it alone.
How did this happen? By painting many paintings in between the last workshop and this one. If you follow my blog you know I paint every day. It is gratifying to see how it is paying off. So I have two lessons from this discovery.
1. Save a few paintings here and there. You don't have to be crazy like me and save them all.....but don't throw all of the bad ones away. You will learn from them.
2. Paint in between workshops! So often we take classes and workshops and don't do anything in between. Sure you will learn something but you won't see much growth in your work unless you practice! I am working on something cool that will help us all with our practice so stay tuned!!
|plein air studies from Crow Creek in 2008|