|'Beautiful Dreams' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
painting available here $155
Style and originality is something I never really thought much about. I remember reading a quote from Robert Henri who had these wise words:
"Don't worry about your originality. You couldn't get rid of it even if you wanted to. It will stick with you and show up for better or worse in spite of all you or anyone else can do." Robert Henri
So I never worried. I just kept painting. And not only did my style emerge...it went through changes as it evolved. Have a look at today's painting (at the top of the post) and compare it to the ones below.
|8x10 pastel from 2009|
One of my favorite motifs has been Queen Anne's Lace. It is interesting to see that my treatment of them has changed over the last several years. I began painting wildflowers back in 2009. I chose a low point of view which is a nod to my photography days and the way I would take wildflower photos. I still paint the flowers from this point of view. I even use similar colors. But much more has changed as I have evolved.
In looking at all three paintings it is clear to me what has changed the most......my mark making. The way I apply the pastel and how I make my marks has become more restrained and simplified. I have learned to say more with less. I have developed a lighter touch and started to become more aware of the power of edges. Softer marks, harder marks, bold, linear, blended...learning how to finesse my marks has been the key to making my paintings more expressive. Marks matter!
My friend and fantastic artist Barbara Jaenicke has just written a great article on mark making. You can read it on her blog here.
|8x10 pastel from 2013|