|'Emerging from the Mist' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Sometimes it just isn't possible. Work and responsibilities are calling. If you are able to spare a day or two after a trip I recommend that you do three things.
|a few of my plein air paintings from my Iceland Adventure|
- Take out the paintings you did on the trip. This sounds silly but all to often once we get back into our daily life the paintings we did get put in a pile and are never appreciated. These paintings no matter how well they turned out are a true piece of the trip. You put your heart and soul into painting them. You braved weather and experienced the scene with all of your senses. They need to be used. I tape my plein air studies on a big piece of foam core so I can see them as a group. Then I will use each one as a study for a larger studio work. DON'T WAIT to look at these paintings. Take them out right away. Plan to use them!
|Ready to put photos in an album|
- Do something with the photos you took. One of the first things I do when I get home from a trip is download my photos and back them up. I also don't ever delete them off the card. I want at least three backups of my photos and I don't want to wait. I don't want to risk misplacing the card! Next, do something with the photos. Print some out to use for painting references. Make a slideshow on your computer or tablet or YouTube. My Iceland trip deserved an extra step. A real photo album! Remember those? I used a coupon and uploaded 200 photos to Walgreens and picked up my photos an hour later (I needed to go out for groceries anyway) Nothing like almost instant gratification. I even lucked out and found a perfect photo album at the thrift store...brand new and sealed! Tonight I will fill the album and share my trip with family over the weekend.
- Unpack your Suitcase and do a load of Laundry. You will feel productive and it really does need to be done. I unpacked all non clothing items and put them on a table so I can sort and put away at my leisure. It was more fun to look at my paintings and photos than unpack so I compromised!
Coming Next Week!
If you follow me on Facebook then you might have read that I was delayed on my flight home due to the hurricane. So I was traveling for 23 hours yesterday. It was actually a bonus in disguise for me. I spent many of those hours writing about my trip in my journal and I now have a 12 part written review of my Iceland Adventure. I will post them starting Monday along with paintings and photos....please be sure to come back for Iceland: Through an Artist's Eyes