|'A Quiet Spot' 12x18 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
You know the feeling. You are working on a painting and it is just not coming together. It is tempting to throw it away and move on to something else. For many this is the only solution. There is no point in being frustrated and if it helps to get rid of the offending painting I'm all for it. However I find I get more out of a painting experience if I power through and try to find a better solution for the painting.
I learn so much by asking myself questions...."I wonder what would happen if this tree was bigger?"
"what if I made this into a marsh?" I find solutions that I can apply for future paintings. But most importantly I learn that a painting is not precious. I can brush it out and rework it until it makes me happy.
I came home from sharing pastels with elementary school children with four bad demos.....they weren't meant to be great paintings since I was illustrating certain concepts and the children were telling me what to paint. So they were not paintings I would keep.....but they had the bones for something better! Today I share the second demo 'redo'. I am having so much fun!
|The demo complete with ducks|
|Brushed out and lines to show my new concept|
|Block in of the redo|