|'Daisy Delight' 12x16 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I have found the best way to cope with the butterflies and chase them away quickly is to be prepared.
I spend more time preparing than I do actually demonstrating but in the end it is worth it. Being prepared allows be to be more flexible and respond to my audience without losing track of my demo or presentation topic. So what do I do to prepare?
|Choosing my pastel palette|
|A large demo....24x36 Pastelbord|
|pastels and color study for demo#1|
- The first thing I do is decide on a topic/technique I will share and write down what I plan to say.
- I practice my presentation so I know my timing will work and so that I will remember the material I want to present. I practice using the stopwatch on my phone. I want to be able to speak without tripping on my words. The more I practice the more at ease I will be.
- Next I choose my demo subject and paper size. I usually work larger so that more people will be able to see....16x20 or 18x24 is typical.
- I prepare my paper and board. The paper type depends on the technique I will be sharing.
- I do a value study and color study so that I am familiar with my subject. (when I did my very first demos I would paint the subject before the demo so I was familiar with it) For my weekly class I don't do this step but in front of bigger groups I want to be sure I know my subject.
- Next I choose my color palette and put them in a tray or box. This is the way I normally work so it isn't cheating!
- I pack up my supplies going through a checklist so that I don't forget anything....wipes, dust catcher,glassine are just a few things I want to be sure I have.
- I practice some more.
- I take a deep breath and enjoy!
There is one tip I once heard that I try to remember.....if you struggle with the painting and it isn't going as planned....not every painting works.....don't tell the audience! Keep on working and they will never know what you intended to do. Or you can turn it into a learning experience but remain positive and it will all work out!