|'Color in the Park' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
You would think there was no time to paint. But my easel calls to me. I can fit it in if I think about painting time a bit differently. I can certainly find 20 minutes to paint. It is the perfect break from cleaning. Painting a quick study gives me a break, satisfies my pastel craving and allows me to access the intuitive painter in me. Often we do better work than we thought possible if we limit our time spent on the painting. We don't have time to over- think!
|My reference photo|
Today I took a break after lunch and spent 20 minutes working on this painting of colorful winter trees in my favorite Chicago park. I had already done the underpainting by coating an old failed painting with clear gesso. I found it in a pile of discards and it made the perfect piece of board for a quick study.
Quick studies are made for busy times. Pastels make it easy to paint and leave things alone. Clean-up is too easy. It is a great habit to start. Make time for a painting break. You'll be glad you did!
Painting notes: Mystery paper with clear gesso texture. Terry Ludwig pastels and Diane Townsends for the snow.