|'Blue Highways' 5x7 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
An inspiring quote feeds the soul. Sometimes it comes at just the right time. Sometimes we just aren't ready for it. I like to give my class an art quote each week. I often will print them on small slips of paper so they can put them up on their easel. I didn't have a quote for this week. But I was confident something would come to me.
And it did. A wonderful quote from Mary Whyte fell out of a folder as I was cleaning the studio. It was just the right words I needed to read and share. I strongly believe in what Mary says and it is a helpful reminder to all artists but especially we who paint from photos.
PAINT FROM YOUR HEART
"Never undervalue your emotions. They are the force behind every great work. You must strive to paint ideas and beauty, not things. Merely copying objects will lead to work that is journalistic rather than poetic, and the results will be paintings that never stand out from the crowd. When you paint throw your whole heart into the creation and watch what happens."
|dry underpainting on Uart 600|
Do you paint from your heart? Or do you let the reference photo get in your way?