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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

15 Minute is all you Need!

        'Sunny Days II'                  5x7                   pastel                  ©Karen Margulis.     available $100

It has been awhile since I did this fun little exercise. It is just what the doctor ordered! Take a reference photo and paint 4 quick studies based on the photo. Set the time to 15 minutes for each study. It is a great little exercise if you want to do the following:

  • paint more
  • paint faster
  • paint looser
  • paint with more passion and expression
  • paint what you love without guilt
  • add more miles of paper or practice without spending a lot of time
  • overcome fear
  • build confidence
  • break out of a block 
  • break free of a rut
  • explore without fear of wasting good paper
  • explore color
  • explore mark making
  • discover new approaches
  • discover new compositions for familiar subjects
And I could go on but you get the idea. This is an exercise that I need to do more often. Many artists already do it and many instructors do some variation of the exercise in their classes. I call my version 15 Minute Explorations. They can be done as a warm up before painting or a wind down after painting. Or they can be done on their own during your studio time

        'Sunny Days'                            5x7              pastel            ©Karen Margulis.          $100 


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