|'Return to Iceland' 14x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I think this a problem worthy of a series. It is something we all face....how to decide what to paint. Sometimes we have so many ideas we don't know where to begin or what to do first. Other times we have nothing. Either way it can be paralyzing. And so we end up not painting at all. I thought it might be fun and maybe even helpful if I verbalize my decision making process in a new series I will call 'When Inspiration Strikes". Here is the first installment:
Today was one of those 'Too Many Ideas' days for me. Finished with my commissions it was going to be a paint whatever I want day which is always a great thing. But I had too many things I wanted to try. Should I do the wildflowers up on the easel with the great underpainting all ready to go? Or maybe the 30x40 that I have in my head? Or maybe the stack of minis on the table? I puttered around the studio doing odds and ends but basically wasting time until I checked Facebook. Inspiration Strikes!
|A small plein air study from my Summer 2014 trip to Iceland|
I knew I had hit on the right subject because I couldn't get the paper out fast enough! I was inspired and it couldn't wait. I decided that I would pull out the plein air studies I had painted while on the 2014 Painter's Passport trip with Stan Sperlak. I would use the studies to paint a larger studio version.
|Using up leftover acrylic paint to tone my Uart paper|
|Playing with sky colors|
Today it was a simple post on Facebook that got me focused on a totally different subject. I may ride this wave of inspiration until something else comes along that stops me in my tracks!
Thank you Elinros!
|The sky is finished now for the grass|
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