|'Marsh Study' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis |
I received a great question from a reader and would like to share my thoughts with you. She asked:
" I was wondering if you could give me any advice for structuring my painting days... The problem is I go days without painting because I work full time but then when I get some days off I have no idea where to begin..."
|'Back to New Mexico' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis $50|
The simple answer is to get into the studio and paint. But it isn't quite so simple. Having free time to paint can almost be paralyzing. So much to do and so little time to do it all! So what happens? We putter around the studio. We organize. We look through reference materials. We end up wasting a lot of our precious time. We need to find a way to break this cycle and get back into the painting zone quickly. Here are some things that have helped me:
- Take time to get organized. If you spend a free day organizing and prepping you won't have to do these things on your next painting day. When I worked full time I would stock up on precut papers. I would cut paper to smaller sizes and attach a reference photo so when it was time to paint I had several subjects ready to go.
- On painting days begin the session with a small quick study. I like to do 10 minute studies (like the paintings in this post) They are warm ups and often doing one or two gets my creative juices flowing. I am then ready to settle down and paint something larger or more involved.
- If you really don't get big blocks of free time make the most of short breaks and paint something small. Again having your supplies set up and ready makes a huge difference. While a big studio is nice, a small spot where you can keep some painting supplies handy is all you really need for small studies.
|These are the block-in stages for today's paintings. Big simple shapes!|