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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Sometimes You Just Have to Go for the Whimsical

'Joyful'            16x20           pastel         ©Karen Margulis
I don't know what has come over me. I am into hot pink lately. I am redecorating the bedrooms and for some reason I was drawn to a hot pink shag area rug on our recent Ikea run. I bought it but I am on the fence. Will it be too much?  Today I decided to just go with it. Let there be hot pink! And I took out my pink pastels. 

I don't usually paint for my own home although I do have my paintings hanging in my studio. But I needed some art for our newly painted walls and I had the perfect frame for the guest room. My daily painting would be something for the guest room. I knew I wanted hot pink and something fun and whimsical. Certainly not my usual style and colors but sometimes it's OK to just let go and have some fun!

my photo inspiration
I knew I had just the photo to inspire my painting. This fun bouquet came from my good friend's summer garden. I haven't painted it yet but it had just the right type of fun flowers for my idea.

Drawing with charcoal
I decided to use a piece of white Canson Mi-Teintes paper because I knew I didn't need to use many layers of pastel. The white would help my colors look bright. I took out a piece of vine charcoal to do my drawing. I knew it would force me to be loose and bold. It did the trick. I finished the painting with bold 'shouting' strokes and minimal layers. It was a lot of fun and it will be a fun addition to the guest room!

Framed and ready for the guest room!

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Pepa García Rodríguez said...

Karen te sigo desde España y mi inglés es muy básico. Espero que no sea un problema. Sólo decirte que me encanta tu obra. Yo pinto más con óleo pero lo combino con pastel. Gracias por tu fabuloso blog. Regards.

Kevin Quattlebaum said...

I love it! The vine charcoal and the acidy greens
really balance the pinks - great frame too!

pamit said...

It's like if Picasso did flowers! Love it and the frame is perfect.

carol edan said...

What a pleasant surprise! Love fun and whimsical.