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Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Inspiration for the Day


'Beauty is Everywhere'         6x6       pastel         ©Karen Margulis
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It is a common complaint. Finding something to paint is a stumbling block for many. Before I give my two cents on this topic I will share a wonderful quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson.
"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not."
 This quote strikes a chord with me as I am always reminding myself and my students that beauty is everywhere. We should be able to find something that touches us and inspires us wherever we look. We have to approach our search for inspiration with the mindset that there is beauty in everything. We only need to be open to it....to really SEE it. It isn't enough to just look around us. We need to feel the beauty and be sensitive to it.

I don't use beautiful and perfect reference photos for my paintings. I use small and dark photos. (bad photos) This allows me to pull out the beauty that I see inside of my mind and put it into the painting. I have discovered that  bad photos lead to my best paintings. My favorite places to paint are not the most spectacular. They possess a quiet and simple beauty that speaks to me because I am open to them.

Dry wash underpainting on white sanded paper
The next time you are searching for painting inspiration remember Emerson's words. Beauty is there. We just have to have it in our hearts so that we can see it and then paint it!

3 comments:

Julie Mayser said...

A beautiful sensitive painting!

Debbie Strickland said...

I look forward each day to your blog and encouraging words!
Debbie

robertsloan2art said...

Wonderful painting! As we head toward winter I'm a bit disappointed. I don't like the low chroma grays and browns, the cold weather hurts and the countryside gets depressing. Pain affects my outlook. This painting reminds me there are ways to make that lyrical, that I might manage a winter scene that isn't depressing - especially if I paint it indoors with the heater on and knock the pain out of my viewpoint.

Or I can pick myself up remembering the spring and exuberant flowers. Go through all summer's photos and find horses and cats. I keep looking for inspiration outdoors but I've got a good camera roll and every image is something I wanted to paint someday!