|'Reaching for the Sun' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am a planner. I am most comfortable when I have a meticulous plan. I plan everything (except meals... I'm not much of a cook these days) I love planning trips and I am often teased by those traveling with me if I have scheduled in the bathroom breaks. But those who know me realize that the plan is just to cover the bases....we are always flexible and open to changing the itinerary when more interesting things come along.
I was reminded today that sometimes when painting we need to change direction and throw away the plan! It's good for the soul.
|reference photo for today's painting|
Then I reminded myself....what was painting all about anyway? Shouldn't we discover new things and have fun doing it? We can always go back to basics so why not paint what we want and learn about what really interests us? So we painted sunflowers and we did watercolor underpaintings! It was fun and my student did a wonderful painting! (and I convinced her to come back for the basics)
|watercolor underpainting with cheapo watercolors|
|The pastels I used for today's painting|
Painting details: Uart paper,Terry Ludwig and Great American pastels, inexpensive pan watercolors