|'Dancing with the Stars' 10x8 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I was a few minutes into the painting when I realized that I didn't do any kind of underpainting. I didn't even do my usual value block-in. Once I drew the flowers I just dove right in!
|Working on dark gray Yi Cai sanded paper. Click to enlarge to see sparkles|
I just started painting the flowers with the local colors. And then I started with the dark foliage again using the local colors of green. What was I doing??!! I always layer my greens with other colors to make the green more lively. But I was enjoying the painting so I just kept going. Then the phone rang.
|The start....without a plan|
It was my sister just wanting to chat. I was in the middle of the painting but didn't want to be rude and I really love to chat with my sister. So I put her on speaker and continued to paint. I chatted and painted until I was just about finished with the painting. It was the strangest experience. I almost felt like my hand was on auto pilot as I painted away without stopping. I found myself making marks and choosing colors without actively thinking about what I was doing.
|I've created a jungle! Midway through the painting|
After we hung up I made a few refinements and called it finished. It was an oddly satisfying experience to paint without a plan and take a backseat and let things unfold. I still believe in the power of a plan but every once in awhile it is very liberating to just let go and paint!