|'Day's End" 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
It is interesting to learn that he used to tell his design students something else. He would say "This isn't working for you. Start something different" But he realized that this advice wasn't helpful. Instead he started to tell them to "Make it Work" with the idea that is was better to figure out what was going wrong and decide on how to fix it rather than start over. After all we learn more from working through a project than throwing it out and starting over.
|A pile of pastels left over from an earlier painting provide inspiration for today's painting|
I love to challenge myself to make it work. Often my paintings aren't working and I am tempted to throw in the towel. It is easy to give up on a painting. It is difficult to analyze a painting gone bad and figure out ways to make it work. But in the end I've gained much more insight by working through possible solutions. I may not even make the painting work but I have learned a thing or two along the way.
The next time you are faced with a painting that is giving you fits try making it work rather than giving up too soon. Make a list of the issues you see with the painting and possible solutions. Taking time to think rather than react may be all that is needed!