A question that has been floating among my circle of artist friends this week is "How do you recharge when the "muse has flown"? You know, that gut level excitement that makes us want to get up early and get into the studio...well sometimes it's not there.
What to do? This is when I grab my pastel pencils and draw my way back into the fun. I use contour line applied directly to the canvas surface. After a few layers of Chroma Interactives, there's a toothy, yet forgiving surface. I love to practice not picking the line up, and just focus on the process. I also "color code" my land/sky scapes with pastels when I'm not sure what to do next. After the energy intensive process of big brush painting on large canvas, the drawing in process is soothing and lays a path for the next layer of paint. You can see how the second image has a bit more "magic". Since pastel is pure pigment it will melt into my next paint layer.
Please share with me your ways of getting back into the flow! Meanwhile, Happy painting!