|'Summer Comes Gently' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
purchase painting on Etsy $145
I remind myself that is is OK to paint something more than once. In fact it is a good thing.
|'Mountain Treasure' pastel 8x10 $145|
- Painting something more than once helps us become intimate with our subject. The more comfortable we are the more we are able to take risks.
- Familiarity leads to more expression. Once we know our subject we have more success with making changes to our references. We can be more intuitive because we are already familiar with the scene.
- Painting something more than once allows us to explore other solutions. We can try new techniques, change paper size and/or orientation, change the point of view. The sky is the limit!
- We learn more because we aren't starting from scratch. We don't need to reinvent the wheel....only improve it!
I was asked recently if I had painted a meadow of poppies before. That led me to search thorough my paintings and quickly found these four poppy meadows. So the answer is Yes! But each time I revisit this favorite motif I challenge myself to create something new. I enjoy the freedom that this old friend gives me to explore and discover new interpretations.
|'Meadow Song' 9x12 pastel $145|
|'Big Meadow' 8x10 pastel $145|
While we are on the subject of painting my favorite motifs, I am working on preparations for my Wildflower demo for the upcoming IAPS convention. I do have some new openings for my demo so if you are already registered you can add sessions now. Be sure to check the IAPS website to see all of the openings. You can add classes online by going to your registration record:
HOW TO GO BACK INTO YOUR REGISTRATION RECORD
Open the IAPS website at www.iapspastel.organd click on IAPS CONVENTIONS - 2015 CONVENTION in the left sidebar, or click on the yellow and red convention logo in the lower left corner of the home page - either will take you to the convention pages. Click on REGISTER and then scroll all the way down to the bottom of that page - you may need to use the slide bar on the right side to get right to the bottom of the page.
Click on LOGIN TO EXISTING REGISTRATION, enter your email address and your password and you will go to your registration record.