|'Afternoon at the Refuge' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting $145 on etsy
Creating a painting is a lot like cooking a meal!
To cook a delicious meal you need to know the basics of cooking and assemble the freshest and best ingredients. You need a recipe or at least a plan for your dish. You need to orchestrate the plan, check on the progress and not overcook it! It takes a some intuition and confidence to take an ordinary recipe and make it your own. Can you see the parallels?
Chop Your Way to Success
My current favorite Food network program is Chopped. It is a cooking competition show where the chefs have 30 minutes to create a dish from a basket of mystery ingredients. I love watching the chefs create under the pressure of the clock. I think it is something we should try as painters for a good exercise.
- Take a photo and piece of paper and set the timer for 30 minutes.
- Now paint. You have just enough time to formulate a quick plan and then just respond. There is not enough time to overwork the painting.
- There is a time to slow down in a painting but we also need to learn how to respond intuitively and trust ourselves. This exercise is to help us avoid 'fiddling'.
- This exercise is a good warm up or even cool down after a day of painting.
- If you really want a challenge have someone else choose your subject and a limited palette...you have to make it work!
Today's marsh and egret painting (at top of post) was done in the last 30 minutes of day one of the workshop (Liz Haywood-Sullivan) I could have kept working on my other paintings but then I would risk overcooking them. So instead I decided to paint a new one with the clock running. I like it best!
|'Autumn Marsh II' 12x18 pastel $195|
|'Autumn Marsh' 12x18 pastel $195|