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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

What to do When you aren't Inspired

'A Perfect Ending'               8x10              pastel               ©Karen Margulis
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"Inspiration comes from doing"      Robert Genn

That is excellent advice from Robert Genn and it was just what happened to me yesterday.  I had not painted in several days. I am busy getting ready for company and three big back to back trips this fall. But I was feeling the need to paint. The problem....I wasn't particularly inspired and I was tired. I am a better morning person but it was 6:00 pm and I decided to just try to paint. 

It wasn't working. I selected a wildflower meadow with a little red barn. I did an underpainting on a homemade board. The underpainting was blah but I soldiered on. I didn't get too far when I gave up. I wasn't feeling it! I could have thrown in the towel and walked away but I decided to change direction instead. I opened my unfiled photo box and pulled out an old friend photo.....this is a scene I've painted several times. It was speaking to me.

I brushed out the painting that was frustrating me and redrew my new composition. I jumped right in with a new and exciting palette and before long I was enjoying the process again! It was 7:30 before I knew it! I had entered the zone and was feeling inspired! I am so glad I decided to paint but even better I am glad I decided to stick with it!  Yes Robert is correct.....Inspiration comes from doing!

The uninspiring underpainting 

Brushing out old pastel and drawing the new scene.


Kerry said...

Of all the paintings of yours that I have seen this is the most beautiful. It is up there with a Monet painting. It has the warmth and the glow that I expect to see in his work.

Debbie Nolan said...

Karen just gorgeous and thanks for the inspiring message too...have a great day.