|'Dog Days of Winter II' 11x14 ©Karen Margulis|
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But we don't always step back often enough. I know I can get caught up in a painting and forget to stop and back up. I get too focused on one area and don't see the whole picture. Take today's painting. It was a demo for my first winter class. I was painting and talking and totally neglected to step back. When I finally did my students were able to point out things I missed or could improve. I could not see them myself.....until I stood back where they were sitting. Lesson learned!
|walking to the dog park in the snow|
- Set a timer. I love using the timer on my phone. Set the timer for 15 minute increments. Step back to evaluate the painting when the timer goes off.
- If you listen to music while you paint, step back when a song is over. If you have the TV on step back at the commercials.
- If you are struggling with the painting...stop. Step back and get a different point of view.
- As you get close to finishing, step back even more frequently. Make every mark matter. I often make a mark and step back. It helps me from overworking the painting.
- If your painting space is small consider using a mirror. I have a mirror mounted behind me. I can see my painting reflected in the mirror. Seeing it in reverse and further away helps me see the issues better.
- If you sit to paint find a way to move back from the painting.....try an office chair on wheels and roll back without getting up!
Painting notes: 11x14 Uart paper with no underpainting and a mix of Terry Ludwig and Diane Townsend pastels.