|'Coming Home' 9x12 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
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- Training. I have been painting a daily painting for almost 10 years. Some days I may do more than one which makes up for the days I have missed. Being conservative I could say I have painted 3000 paintings or about a mile of paper. Not all were keepers but they all add up to training. Just as it takes training to run a marathon, it takes practice to paint (and be happy with your results) Daily painting makes it easier for me to paint more efficiently and with confidence.
- Planning. This is the key for me. I don't go up to a blank piece of paper without a plan. I have a concept for the painting. I have evaluated my reference and decided on a composition or design. I know where my big simple shapes will be. I pick out my pastels (color palette) before I begin. With a plan I am free to respond intuitively and quickly to my subject. Without a plan I would be experimenting and working out problems right on the painting and this often leads to overworking....and mud.