|'In My Nantucket Dreams' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Paint What You Love. You have heard it before. It is great advice. When you paint the things you are passionate about you will usually do your best work. Sometimes we paint something because it seems easy or it is what the class is working on. Sometimes we choose a subject because we want to learn from it. We do need to take time occasionally to stray from our true love.
I believe it is OK to stray. Trying another subject will stretch us. We can learn from it. But it can also lead to frustration. If our hearts aren't in the subject it often shows in our paintings. We are missing that spark...that illusive thing that happens when we are truly excited and moved by the subject. We may not have the same success that you have with our true love. We just have to remember that we need to visit home every once in awhile.
Landscapes are my passion....my true love. I happen to be drawn to many kinds of landscapes but most of them have something to do with wide open spaces....deserts, beaches and marshes and meadows. I am happiest when I can see the sky! Knowing what ignites the fire helps me paint better. I can learn from painting other subjects but I won't allow myself to get frustrated when I don't have success with them. I learn what I can and then come back to painting what I am truly passionate about.
What is your passion? Not sure? I will have more on this topic in a future post.