|'City Sidewalks' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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Here is some food for thought. I came across this quote from James McNeill Whistler. It is a great piece of advice.
"We look at a painting to know the painter. It's his company we are after, not his skill"James McNeill Whistler
Think about why you paint. Is it to create a technically perfect picture? Or is it to express yourself, to create a picture that shares a part of you and how you feel about the subject? Sure it is nice to have command of technique....to understand and use color, value,drawing, composition and do it well. But all the technical skill will come with time and practice.
With time and practice we all improve and grow. We can learn the basics and with hard work we will get better. What can't be taught is how to feel. How to paint with emotion. That has to come from within. As you paint, keep this in mind. Paint with feeling and enjoy the process. The skill will come and your paintings will truly be your own.
Painting notes: a quick study on gray Pastelmat with my small travel set of pastels. It is by no means technically perfect. I like it because it sums up my memory of this moment....my son walking in front of me on a very cold night in Chicago. We were rushing to get inside the restaurant but I was captivated by the glow of lights on the snow and had to stop for a picture!