|'A Summer for Pansies' 8x10 pastels ©Karen Margulis|
Paint something from life at least once a week.
What brilliant advice. We all know the many benefits of drawing and painting from life whether it be the figure, still life or plein air. We see colors and values more accurately. We train our eyes to see subtleties. We improve our drawing skills. We learn through observation how much the camera lies and distorts. It is such a valuable exercise. Why do I resist?
I am usually quite disciplined when it comes to making time to paint so I am going to make a commitment to paint at least one thing from life every week. That isn't too much to ask! Why don't you join me!
Painting note: This bowl of panises was painted from life while I was visiting my dear friend in Iceland last summer. She has a wonderful greenhouse full of beautiful flowers. We selected these pansies as one of our subjects. What a wonderful time that was!