|'A Quiet Spot' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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This year I am starting a new system. I prefer using small 3x5 and 2x3 photos that I print myself on cheap inkjet paper. These little photos were too small for my big box and they were getting lost. I was thrilled to find small plastic document envelopes by a company called Doc-it. They are perfect for organizing small photos. The envelopes measure 5x7 and come in clear colors. Mine have a string tie but one of my students found them with snaps. They also come with a label though I just use a piece of artists tape for my labels.
|I found my envelopes in my local grocery store. Here is a link to a source online|
These envelopes are inexpensive (under $1) so I can have one for all of my favorite subjects. I will be filing these plastic envelopes in a box with cardboard tabs with the subject category. I'll share a photo when I get to this point. This system will allow me to narrow down my painting ideas without being overwhelmed by too many choices.
Question for you: Do you use paper photos or do you paint from a tablet, phone or computer? There is a great discussion on this subject on the Pastel Society of America's Facebook Page. Head over to Facebook to read all the opinions and advice. If you are on Facebook I'd love for you to 'like' my art page. You can like my page right here on the blog...look for the like box on the right!
Painting notes: I used my planning sheet to decide on the format and design of this painting. It is on Uart 500 with an alcohol wash. I used a variety of Terry Ludwig pastels.