|'Back to the Island' 11x14 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I am in the midst of a studio clean up. I am gearing up for fall classes and need to get organized. I was intrigued to discover a pile of UFOs still attached to their foamcore backing board. Some were underpaintings waiting for pastel. Some were failed paintings that I chose to put aside. Some were unfinished demos. Why did I save them?
|A pile of UFO's|
After spending time hidden in a pile these UFOs all had great potential. Time away from them has allowed me to grow as an artist and discover the solutions that these paintings needed.
|An unfinished and forgotten demo|
- I added more sky holes and finished the trees.
- I added a peachy pink to the horizon line
- I pushed back a layer of distant trees by scumbling some blue pastel
- I added a few well thought out blades of grass.
- I added a thin pink one to suggest a distant creek
Tip: Start your own UFO pile. Don't throw away unfinished paintings. Store them flat and out of sight. Put them in a box under a bed if you are short on space. Let them sit for awhile. When you are looking for a painting idea....revisit these UFOs and choose one to work on. You will undoubtably have new ideas and insight which you will apply to the painting. It is a great learning experience.
I know there are paintings that you just need to throw away....but if you are at all on the fence do yourself a favor and put them in your UFO pile. You will learn from them when the time is right!