|'Fairyland' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It can be done. Carving out some time to paint in the midst of the busy holiday season isn't easy but it is possible. I am in the middle of my annual studio clean up. I have stuff everywhere but I am making progress. On top of the clean up project I am getting ready for Corey, Grace and Greta's visit and planning to host 17 for Christmas dinner (in my studio!) I also have other projects I am trying to fit in and I am trying not to get overwhelmed.
You would think there was no time to paint. But my easel calls to me. I can fit it in if I think about painting time a bit differently. I can certainly find 20 minutes to paint. It is the perfect break from cleaning. Painting a quick study gives me a break, satisfies my pastel craving and allows me to access the intuitive painter in me. Often we do better work than we thought possible if we limit our time spent on the painting. We don't have time to over- think!
|alcohol wash underpainting|
Quick studies are made for busy times. Pastels make it easy to paint and leave things alone. Clean-up is too easy. It is a great habit to start. Make time for a painting break. You'll be glad you did!
Painting notes: Uart paper with a Nupastel and rubbing alcohol wash. terry Ludwog pastels and Diane Townsends for the snow.