|'Never Doubt' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
Letting go and simply responding to a painting is just as important as painting with a plan. We need a bit of both so that we give ourselves a chance to let the knowledge we accumulate come out in an intuitive way.
Here is a favorite quote from Richard McKinley on the importance of FUN:
"When I am feeling like painting is becoming just a lesson and a bit of an exercise, I like to give myself permission to have fun and to be playful with technique and subject matter. By not OVERTHINKING and allowing myself to spontaneously respond, creative possibilities emerge. If it is a mess I cover it up and correct it"
I played with today's painting (at top of page). I was looking at the color notes I made for the last video demo. Hmmmm I thought. I really like it the way it is....just loose abstract color notes. I decided to paint a looser version of the marsh. I had fun and I want to try another one that will be even more abstracted. My color note card is below.
|An index card with color notes for my video demo|