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Monday, December 22, 2014

Holiday Painting Break....Painting Santa

'Much Loved Santas'               6x8           pastel          ©Karen Margulis
I am sticking to my routine of daily painting even though I am busy getting ready for company. It is the perfect break. Spending 30 minutes or so devoted to painting is like a much needed nap or vigorous walk.....both are restorative and both give you more energy. 

This morning I was doing the last minute preparations for the arrival of my son, daughter-in-law and grandbaby Greta. I watered the tree and my vintage santa dolls caught my eye.  I knew then what my daily painting would be! I snapped a picture on my phone.  When it was time for a break I went down into the studio to paint my Santas.

My vintage Santa dolls
 Since it was a quick study I decided to keep it small. I had a piece of 6x8 Pastelmat already cut. It was the perfect size. I love working on Pastelmat!  After about 30 minutes I was finished with the painting and ready to return to my vacuuming!

I can't stress enough at how helpful it has been to do a daily painting. Whenever students ask me for advice it is the first thing I tell them. Paint often!  Make time to paint even if it is just 15 minutes. The more you paint the more you will want to keep going! I will share tips in upcoming blogs so get ready to make it one of your goals for 2015!


Nikolas said...

Good Painting.keep it up..

robertsloan2art said...

This is cool! What a wonderful holiday painting, tremendous memory there!

Ellen P said...

I look forward to seeing your paintings every day and think about your advice. My resolution for the new year is to try to paint every day.