|'Desert Pink 3' 4x4" oil on panel ©Karen Margulis
|A variation on a Cactus bloom (from top left) oil on panel, acrylic on canvas, pastel on pastelmat, watercolor and ink, monotype with black ink and pastel available in my Etsy Shop HERE
I didn't work on my commissions and I didn't do any paperwork but I don't feel guilty because sometimes we have to take a detour and go where the muse takes us. It might seem crazy but in the end being an artist is about the journey and not the destination. If we are always too concerned with sticking to the 'right' path we will never know where the other path might have led. I know that I am supposed to be creating a brand, promoting myself, creating a cohesive body of work...and on and on. But if I don't stop to paint just for the sake of painting then I will not be able to grow to my full potential. I have to give myself permission to take a break from what I am 'supposed to do' and enjoy my own art journey.
Detours are good for your art because they help you explore new territory which keeps you from getting in a rut and creating paintings that are only in your comfort zone. They can keep your outlook fresh and give you ideas to use in your usual work. Detours can take away the pressures of creating art that people want or expect you to do. Your detours will only help you grow as an artists so don't feel guilty when you get the urge to go off the trail!
What version do you prefer?
|'Desert Bloom' 8x10 pastel
|'Desert Pink 2' 6x6 acrylic
|'Desert Pink 1' monotype with pastel
|'Desert Pink 4' watercolor & ink