Jeff interviewed Karen a couple of weeks ago and sums up his impression thus: “What does a butterfly have to do with composition? How do you make your palm trees glow? How do you start a painting? In this interview Karen Margulis discusses the answer to these questions and more. If you check out her blog tab at http://www.karenmargulis.com/gallery/ you'll find many more pastel demonstrations, discussions, and
instructional videos. You can Google her to see these and her art, and you can find her on Facebook, Pininterest, Instagram and Esty.” Here's the link to Jeff’s interview
Over the years we have seen many pastel demo’s, but an articulate Karen Margulis will also lecture. She explains in Jeff’s interview how to use this versatile medium expressively with a little planning and thoughtful selection of a color pallet. Yet the key seems to be building an underpainting before taking a serious look at your reference photo. Jeff’s interview includes a very interesting three minutes (timeline minutes 20-23) on how one makes an underpainting using soft pastels.
Karen talked to Jeff about painting daily, even if she can only squeeze in 10-15 minutes, and about painting with passion. When the passion wanes she simply stops and makes a list of limited things to finish when time and passion return. Karen also talks about composition and the importance of engaging the viewer.
On her web site, in a paragraph titled “About Me,” she says “I was born in Connecticut, grew up in South Florida and spent summers in the North Carolina Mountains. I currently live in Marietta Georgia, just outside of Atlanta. I graduated from the University of Florida with a BA in Education. I operated a family day care for 21 years so that I could stay home with my own 2 children. We traveled every summer with the kids and tried to visit every National Park. Most of my paintings are inspired by the photos I took on these adventures. I am now painting and teaching pastel classes and workshops full time.” She is represented by several galleries in the Southeast as well as several online galleries, and she is a Member of Excellence in the Southeastern Pastel Society and a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America. Karen just (October 2020) did an Expressive Pastels
workshop for Main Street Art Center in Lake Zurich.