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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Random Thoughts as I Prepare for Spring Workshops

'Sunshine on a Cloudy Day'           18x24           pastel          ©Karen Margulis
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I am in the weeds. I am up to my neck in papers and art supplies as I get ready for a busy spring. I have several workshops and two presentations at IAPS with my daughter's wedding in the middle of everything! I am taking this week to organize my supplies for everything. So no painting this week. I thought I'd share some random thoughts on my favorite subject to paint.

Wildflowers are my muse. They are my truth. When I paint them I feel happy. I don't paint them all of the time but when I return to them it is like coming home. Wildflowers have been good to me as an artist. My wildflower paintings have opened the door to many opportunities. I am looking forward to sharing my techniques at my demonstration at this year's IAPS convention in Albuquerque.

The painting below is a studio version of the painting that started it all. This patch of weeds changed the direction of my work. I discovered that I was drawn to the under appreciated flowers and plants that some call weeds. It is my goal to have others see the beauty in the flowers by the roadsides.

I was thrilled when Pastel Journal included me in a feature about painting flowers a couple of years ago.  I was even more thrilled when my Purple coneflower painting was selected for the cover!  

I continue to be intrigued by the wildness of a patch of wildflowers. Lately I have loved painting the dried and spent blooms and grasses. I can't wait to see where my muse leads me!

1 comment:

robertsloan2art said...

It's wonderful the way you paint wildflowers. I wish you could visit this area around Russellville. Jonquils are everywhere, later on there will be tiger lilies and primroses, red clover that's very strange with rich elongated carmine heads, right now little crocuses come up with the jonquils and larger daffodils. There are also a lot of wild roses around here. There are purple things I don't have a name for too, along with the jonquils. Just so many different wildflowers that I know you'd really enjoy them. Lots of those yellow daisy forms with dark centers, many different kinds of those.