|'Let the Path Lead You' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I began Friday afternoon and by Saturday afternoon I had 6 paintings finished and a theme was starting to unfold. This was turning into a wonderful adventure into a series! I began the paint-a-thon with a mix of potential subjects from my summer trips to Iceland and Lake Tahoe...an interesting mix.
But I decided to change direction half way through!
|A watercolor underpainting on matboard with clear gesso|
After the fourth painting I realized I had chosen to work on the Lake Tahoe ( really Carson Valley to be more accurate) paintings first and they went together so nicely. I loved seeing them together as a series. So I printed out some more of my reference photos to jog my memory and took out new paper (I will finish the Iceland paintings after this project)
So how do I usually decide what to paint? I have over 33,000 reference photos on my computer....all my own from my travels. When I am looking for inspiration I will just pick a folder in iPhoto and scroll through clicking and printing a batch of 12 contact sheet photos....whatever piques my interest. This is usually enough to jumpstart my painting ideas. I always like to make notes to myself about what drew me to the photo....my concept for the painting. I did this for my 10 paintings for the paint-a-thon.
Sometimes though the best laid plans are subject to change. I like to stay flexible and go with the new direction. I just never know where that path may lead me!
Stay tuned for more from my Labor Day Paint-a-ton! Now I am going back to paint!