|'Pawley Impression' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
|'Sea Days' 5x7 pastel|
"Simplification is about finding large forms or planes, not minutia." Ann Templeton
I believe the key to painterly work is to learn how to simplify the subject. If we can distill the subject into a collection of simple shapes and start with a good abstraction, we can then decide just how much detail we need to put in. If we get caught up in the details we tend to tighten up and we can easily lose the freshness. How can we learn to simplify....that's where the 10 minutes comes in.
- Set up a small area with precut paper size 5x7 or smaller. You should have quick and easy access to your supplies.
- Have a stack of references photos...you don't want to spend your 10 minutes looking for photo to paint.
- Set a timer for 10 minutes. Don't draw your scene with a pencil....block in your big shapes with a pastel or paint brush for oils/acrylics. You will tend to fill in the lines if your drawing is to precise.
- Don't worry so much about color for your 10 minute studies....go with you intuition and play with color. The idea is to simplify in these studies not match the color in your references.
- At the end of 10 minutes STOP. Now look at your study and decide what you would add or take away. Learn from each study! Save them and use them for future paintings.