Portray on Trip, with Karen Margulis



Karen Margulis offers nice recommendation for once you’re touring and don’t have time to color. She says that if the vacation spot permits it, be certain that there are many public artwork alternatives obtainable so your creativity doesn’t go stagnant whereas on location!

It was the bucket-list journey of a lifetime. When a buddy invited me to affix her small group on a visit to the Provence area in France through the lavender bloom, I jumped on the probability. There was a catch, nonetheless— it wasn’t a portray journey. Solely two of us in our group of 5 had been artists, and our want lists had been fairly different. I used to be the one one, for instance, who dreamed of portray within the lavender fields. It seems I needn’t have anxious—I really managed to squeeze plenty of portray time into my non-art-specific journey. In truth, touring like this was a surprisingly productive solution to expertise the area. I returned house stuffed with inspiration, and with a portfolio stuffed with work. I painted 40 small research and took over 3,000 images—greater than sufficient for years of work.

I used to be in a position to make this occur, largely, due to the best way my journey companions and I structured our days—exploring the realm early within the morning and late within the day. This gave me quiet time at noon to color. I painted my research on 5×7 papers utilizing my Heilman single sketchbox and the images I’d taken. Working from images quite than on website supplied the liberty to spend extra time exploring the realm and gathering inspiration and reference. I made certain to color my research whereas the inspiration from every outing was nonetheless recent in my thoughts. These research have impressed many extra work.

Packing Provides for Portray on Trip

I all the time wish to have artwork provides on a visit so I put collectively a small equipment that matches into my backpack. I don’t use a tripod or easel. As a substitute I connect my paper to a bit of froth core and maintain it in my lap or lay it flat. I like to make use of the Heilman single sketchbox with an array of pastels.

I additionally convey an assortment of my favourite sanded pastel papers—UART, Pastel Premier and Pastelmat. It’s necessary to convey paper that‘s acquainted to you. Until you could have a variety of time to experiment, it’s safer to work on paper you recognize. I reduce full sheets of paper into smaller sizes—principally 5×7 and a few 8×10. Generally I’ll tone a number of sheets of paper beforehand in my favourite plein air coloration (a medium-value grey).

I fill my Itoya plastic portfolio folders with the reduce paper. The folders have plastic sleeves that work nice for preserving paper protected throughout transport. My completed work return into the plastic sleeve of the folder as nicely. Generally somewhat residual pastel mud is left behind on the plastic, however not sufficient to hurt the portray. The folders match simply into my backpack, which makes them good for preserving each paper and work protected whereas touring.

Itoya plastic portfolio folders
Heilman single sketchbox with an array of pastels

“Working from images quite than on website gave me the liberty to spend extra time gathering inspiration and reference whereas exploring the realm.”

Karen Margolis

9 Methods to Make the Most of Your Time

  1. Plan your journey for the fitting time of yr. We did a variety of analysis earlier than our journey and decided that one of the best time to see lavender in bloom in Provence can be through the first two weeks of July.
  2. Select a house base and lease a automobile. Having a automobile will broaden your vary when you want to discover the nooks and crannies past the well-known vacationer spots. We rented a house for 10 days within the small village of Goult. It was genuine and never overrun by vacationers, but nonetheless near most of the extra well-known villages and sights within the area. A few of our greatest days had been spent exploring our little village.
  3. Plan the timing of your outings fastidiously. It was scorching throughout our keep in Provence, so we selected to discover within the early morning and late after-noons. Not solely was the temperature extra snug at these occasions, it was simpler to search out parking within the extra crowded vacationer spots. That is additionally once you’ll discover essentially the most attention-grabbing gentle for taking images or for plein air portray.
  4. Select your outings correctly. The area we visited is large and gives a lot to discover. We knew that we couldn’t probably see all of it in only a week or two, so we chosen a must-see merchandise from everybody’s record. It’s additionally necessary to alternate touring days with relaxation days. Hanging across the village with the locals was a spotlight of the journey. The downtime days gave everybody an opportunity to recharge. They had been additionally the times I painted essentially the most.
  5. Go to the identical scene at completely different occasions of day. We spent one lengthy day touring on the lavender route. We started with a really early cease on the iconic Abbaye de Senanaque. The lavender route was wonderful however I took my finest images in a subject not removed from our house base. We made a number of visits at varied occasions of day. Every time the change in lighting made it appear to be a model new spot.
  6. Take the aspect roads. Don’t be afraid to enterprise off the crushed path to discover the countryside. That is the place you’ll make these memorable discoveries like a subject of sunflowers or a windmill in the course of a lavender subject. We had a paper map and GPS and rapidly grew to become proficient at understanding instructions in French.
  7. Don’t miss the markets. The markets of Provence had been a particular spotlight. Every village has their very own market day so we made certain to go to as many as we might. Each had a different taste however all of them had been full of inspiration for future work! Plan to go to the markets once they first open. Not solely will you get one of the best gentle and images, you’ll keep away from the warmth of the day. The market is the right place to choose up makings for a picnic lunch.
  8. Be an area and never a vacationer. We had been vacationers, in fact, however we made an effort to expertise the realm like an area and never simply hit the vacationer sights. Our first night time we went to the village competition and shared a meal of scrumptious soup and wine with the native villagers. We stood in line daily with the locals on the village patisserie to get our day by day baguettes and different goodies. We tried to talk French despite the fact that most individuals we met understood English. We discovered most loved our makes an attempt to talk the language.
  9. Convey artwork provides however plan to journey gentle. Regardless that this was not a portray journey, I knew I wanted to have some provides with me to benefit from any alternatives I may need. My journey companions and I agreed we’d every convey solely a carry-on suitcase and a backpack. In any case, we needed to match the gear of 5 girls into one automobile. That didn’t permit a lot room for artwork supplies. I downsized my provides right into a small equipment that simply slot in my backpack. It was really liberating to journey so gentle and I discovered I didn’t want my common large plein air setup to color.
Research (5 x 7)
Research (5 x 7)
Lavender (8×10)

I had no expectations to color on my journey to Provence. My solely aim was to discover the realm and take time to odor the lavender. I used to be delighted that I used to be ready to do this and way more. I really feel like I’ve solely scratched the floor of exploring my references from this journey. It’s actually been an instance of how journey is a present that retains on giving.

Karen Margulis (karenmargulis.com) is an award-winning pastel artist and artwork educator who teaches portray workshops all over the world.




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