Inspiration from Life

Certain objects or events can inspire a painting, like a black-green emu egg given to me as a gift; its surface is like concrete. Or perhaps a bowl or a book. Recently a piece of black-and-white tissue paper inspired a series of black-and-white paintings, which I’m about to begin. Certain objects reappear in my work, like the egg, which I find to be the perfect shape. I enjoy painting the delicate, luminous shadows created on its surface, and I also love it for its symbolism—life and rebirth.

Margot Schulzke is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America. This article was adapted from her new book, A Painter’s Guide to Design and Composition © 2005. Used with permission of North Light Books, an imprint of F+W Publications, Inc. Visit your local bookseller or call 800/448-0915 to obtain your copy.

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