|'Taking the Back Roads' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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For me there is a simple secret to choosing things to paint. I take the back roads. I have learned that it is along the back roads that I find the things that speak loudly to me. If I can find a place away from the hustle and bustle, somewhere close to nature, then I will find my truth. I love to paint the quiet places. The places and things that are often overlooked. There is nothing more exciting to me than a dried patch of weeds! The colors and textures and mystery beg to be painted. All I have to do is slip away to these quiet places and just simply look. Beauty will be found!
|'Pink Hush' 11x14 pastel|
I have been going through my boxes of paintings this week in preparation for a major studio clean-up. I have uncovered paintings that I haven't had a chance to share. Some of them are just studies. Some are demos. Some were unfinished. I was struck by a common thread though.....the ones I liked the most were those paintings inspired by the back roads! I will keep this in mind the next time I am looking for things to paint!
What do you most like to paint? Where do you find your inspiration? Make time this weekend to gather some reference of your favorite subject!
|'Southern Marsh' 11x14 pastel|
|'Gentle Journey' 8x10 pastel |
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