|'Quiet Contemplation' 18x24 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
If you are wondering how it is possible to paint something everyday this is your weekly advice column. Last week I discusses why I make time for daily painting practice and I heard from so many of you who are already painting everyday and many who want to start. This is great and I want to encourage you to keep it going.
I know how challenging it is to come up with painting ideas. So this weekly post is designed to jumpstart your paintings for the week. This week I address the problem of TIME. It is hard to find the time to paint especially when you work and have other obligations. I recommend setting a timer for 20 minutes or less but can you actually paint something in 20 minutes? You can is you remember the world of the day KISS.
KEEP IT SOFT AND SIMPLE
It is really amazing at how little detail our brains need to fill in the blanks and identify an object. Sometimes the shape alone can be enough. This means we really don't need to paint every leaf or bad of grass for our viewers to know our intentions. This is good news for painting with a time restraint. Details take time. Here is a suggestion for KISS:
- Start with a soft out of focus underpainting or block in. A wet underpainting will accomplish this but blending your first layer will do the same. You are left with out of focus shapes. You can then decide where you want to put the most detail and clarity. This method allows you to leave some areas mysterious and interesting.
The close up photo above shows how I kept the tree soft and simple. You can see the dark shape of the tree underneath the suggestion of foliage. There are no individual leaves yet we know it is a tree.