|'Sanibel's Treasure' 10x15 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
available for purchase $155
It's been on my mind lately. Maybe because of the post I wrote about getting feedback on our work. Then today a student asked why I don't paint the beach more often. Good question. It used to be my most favorite subject to paint. When I first started with pastels most of my subjects were beach related...shells, shore birds and palm trees. I will still paint them occasionally but I am more interested in landscapes.... marshes, deserts and wildflowers and I am always most drawn to the close ups. Why the shift?
It partly has to do with some feedback I received at a workshop early in my painting journey. During the critique I shared my 'beach' paintings along with the plein air landscapes done at the workshop. The instructor suggested I go to the beach to relax (not paint the beach) and to concentrate on intimate landscapes. I rebelled at first and kept on painting the beach. I was such a beginner with thin skin that the feedback hurt. After all I had worked hard at my beach paintings. I took this critique as negative.
But gradually it became clear to me that my passion was truly for the intimate landscape. It was if this instructor knew it even before I did! It wasn't really negative feedback. I just wasn't ready to understand what the instructor meant.
|'Pacific Shores' 5x7 pastel|
I don't avoid painting the beach anymore either.
If you'd like to see some of my old beach paintings visit my blog archives here. It is fun to revisit these older paintings!