|'Just Over the Ridge' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available on Etsy $150
I have over 30,000 reference photos on my computer and sometimes I don't feel inspired by any of them. Other times I have too many that are speaking to me all at once. Just the other day was one of those times. I just didn't know what I was in the mood to paint. It went on for a couple of days. I'd go through my piles of photos and nothing grabbed me and then everything grabbed me. I had too many choices and couldn't seem to pick one thing. I was indecisive and so I painted nothing.
It was time for a break from painting. It was time to prepare for the next great burst of energy.
|My papers and reference photos waiting for me|
Instead of fretting over my indecisive mood and getting nothing done I decided to spend a day getting ready for when the mood broke. I went back to the stack of photos that were calling to me and chose a few. I then thought about the size and type of paper that would suit each subject. I cut the papers and got them taped to my boards along with each reference photo. I also went thrifting, always a good thing.
I spent a day doing this prep work but now I am ready to go when I come down to the studio ready to paint. I have several choices lined up ready to paint.
Today the mood lifted and I was raring to go. It was easy to get started because my choices and papers were already prepared. I picked one and now can't wait to get to the others!
TIP: Next time you aren't feeling particularly inspired take time off to just prepare for when inspiration does hit. Go though your reference material and select the ones that cause you to pause. You don't need to pick only one. Pick a few and get them all ready to go. If you only have one drawing board, cut your paper and clip the reference photo to the paper and start a pile of papers called 'To Be Painted'
|detail of trees|