|'Return to Purple Haze' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis 2018|
It was gratifying to see that I have made progress and grown as an artist in these 10 years. I could see many things that I didn't see 10 years ago.
- I know I was much to literal to the reference photo. I have learned to let go of the photo and let the painting express how I feel about the subject.
- I wasn't aware that I was making everything the same shape, size and with even spacing.
- I have learned so much more about how to create the illusion of depth.
- I certainly didn't know how to create a visual journey for the viewer. I created a fence of lavender and didn't give a pathway through the painting.
Look at the 10 year old painting below and compare it to the new version at the top of this post. What else can you see that I did differently in the new painting?
|8x10 pastel done in June 2008|
So often we get frustrated with our progress ....or lack of progress. We know we need to work hard and practice but it seems daunting and frustrating. I don't compare myself to other better artists because I know that I still have work to do. I intend to enjoy every painting. Each one teaches me and advances me further.
Try This: Take out an older painting. Try to go back as far as you can. Even if you are a new painter find one of your first efforts. Now look at some of your recent paintings. Enjoy the progress you have made no matter how large or small. Enjoy your own personal painting journey!