|'Violet Mood' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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I might as well have been in my studio. I paint demos the same way as I paint for myself in the studio. It doesn't matter if there is a big crowd or just a private student.....I go through the same steps. I plan the painting, I choose my pastels and then I just paint....but I also talk.
One of the things I strive to do in my demos is to be very clear about everything I do in the painting. I want to share my thoughts about each mark I make and each color I choose. So as I paint I am conscience about sharing everything I am doing. It is easy for me because I do the same thing in my studio!
I have a dialog with myself during every painting. I don't talk out loud though. It is a dialog inside of my head. I go through the steps I want to take. I ask myself questions. I remind myself of the basics and not so basics. Here are some examples of the things I talk about with myself:
- After the darks, next comes the lights. Work on the sky.
- What kind of sky do you want?
- Make sure you put the colors in the water.
- Where is the light source?
- Have you created depth? How can you exaggerate the depth?
- It's not light enough, how can I make it look lighter?
I admit, when I am in my studio I sometimes get to a point in a painting here the chatter stops and I just respond to the painting. Having the plan and knowing where I want to go helps. I pick up the dialog when it comes time to make the finishing marks. This inner dialog helps me express what I am doing out loud when I need to!
|planning board for the demo painting|
|preselected pastel palette|