|'Spring Play' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
As I drove home I passed a playground full of children. Surrounded by the beautiful blooming trees of spring these children played without a care in the world. I had a deep thought. Children play. It is their work. The learn and grow through play. We give them toys. We encourage them to play. When does it stop? When do we become too old to have toys and play? I felt sad that adults don't get to play as much as children.
Then it hit me....We can play as much as we want if we make it a part of our lives. I am lucky to be an artist. I get to play every day. I have a lot of toys too (pastels, boxes and all kinds of art stuff) But too often we make art seem like work. We try too hard. We put pressure on ourselves to succeed. Sometimes it stops being fun.
|'A Breath of Fresh Air' 5x7 plein air pastel $45|
I decided that I would take time today to play. The projects could wait for a few hours. I took out a plein air study of a dogwood tree that I had painted last spring. I used it as a reference and painted it larger. I used a homemade support that I had toned teal blue.
I had fun just playing with the colors and textures in the painting. It was fun to be a kid again and just play. Play leads to growth. It sure is more fun than work!
|My toned surface with the plein air study on the easel|