Enjoy Your Process

Play, practice, try tutorials, try new mediums, try new approaches, stretch yourself, experiment… watercolour painting of a cactus

The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” – Robert Henri 

If you are going to make art and enjoy it, it’s important that you don’t try to make a masterpiece every time. Just get in there and paint, draw, sculpt.

Make a habit of letting yourself just have fun and try new things, without judgement.

A Huge Heartfelt Thank You!

Gratitude is important.

About two years ago I began watching youtube videos on art instruction and I found one artist that was making and sharing the most wonderful videos. She inspired me to get out my sketchbook and paints again…
I had abandoned my art. I had abandoned my dreams. I had abandoned myself.

* Finding other artists to learn from and be inspired by is my advice for the week. It will open you up to your own desire to create, and enhance your motivation. Youtube is a great place to start.

Her name is Lisa Clough, and her talent, enthusiasm and generosity with sharing her techniques and experience, and especially encouraging other artists is amazing.

It was her videos that brought me back to my art and I owe her my deepest thanks, even if we work in different mediums. (I did buy one of her pieces… so beautiful, still have to get it framed—it’s a Polar Bear, squeeee!).

She has tons of videos, not just on creating art, but on materials, supports, techniques and more. She does critiques, she reviews art supplies, and gives her take on the art business, creativity and lots of other subjects. She is bit of a whirlwind and her output is crazy. If I could do half of what she manages to do I would be very happy.

Thank you Lisa! You have no idea how much you have helped me, I wouldn’t be doing this without your inspiration.

Imagination

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity… and some scarce see nature at all. But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.”
~ William Blake

Busy Sunday

I was supposed to write a blog post today but I have too much to do getting ready for Artful Treasures next weekend. I’m so excited and frankly, a little freaked out. This will be my first juried show and sale.

The NOTL Annual Candlelight Stroll is also on the Friday the show begins, so I will be able to do that too. I hope to see as many of you out as can make it. I saw some of the other work that’s going to be at the show… impressive, really beautiful work.

Happy Sunday!

Watch me paint… and it’s done!

I’m working on a realism piece and have taken snapshots of the process. I’d like to share them with you! This is the finished piece. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them… enjoy

Shadows

I may add some very minor details yet in the leaves… but it’s done!  Yay!

I hope you enjoyed seeing one of my processes, if you’d like to see more let me know in the comments.

Watch me paint…#11 and 12

I’m working on a realism piece and have taken snapshots of the process. I’d like to share them with you! This is phase 11 & 12. If you have any questions or comments, I’d love to hear them… enjoy
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Working it up with more detail, adjusting colours and shades to give it more dimension, and finishing all the flowers.

I’m glazing the foliage with blue and yellow, depending on their hue.

Finished post tomorrow!!!

If you’ve enjoyed this, like! and share… thanks!

The Myth of Talent

Almost every day I hear things like this: “Wow, I wish I could draw like you, you are so lucky to have been born with talent”, “You have so much talent, I can’t even draw a stick figure”, and “I wish I had your talent”, and many variations of these sentiments.

It’s baloney.

It’s true that I’ve always doodled and sketched and coloured (what kid doesn’t?), and I’ve always looked at the world in wonder, but I did not come out of the womb with a pencil in my hand. Some of my early drawings are downright awful.

Really, truly dreadful. There are mountains of paper somewhere with my failed artworks on them.

What I did do was keep trying, and learning. Drawing, or painting or sculpting, whatever, are skills. They take hard work and persistence and a willingness to fail. Oh yes, fail—horribly. Over and over.

It’s a Lie

There’s a myth, a LIE, that creativity and artistic skill is something one is born with. It’s not true – though I believe some artists have remained silent because it makes the process somewhat mysterious, and therefore maybe more valuable? I think it does the opposite. I think that this myth devalues artists because a lot of people believe that the work we produce takes no effort… sort of like it’s magic or something. Or, that it isn’t ‘work’ at all.

This could not be farther from the truth. The worst effect of this belief is that many people give up on any creative urges they have.

Everyone is Creative

Everyone is creative, it’s a basic human trait. We are resourceful beings, problem solvers, and that is the basis for creativity. Some people are creative with cooking, or running a household, or dancing, music or how they parent, some have the urge to make things. All of these are creative endeavours. Anyone can learn the skills to draw or paint, or sculpt. If they want to—it’s not something you are born with.

I am amazed by how often people put themselves down, or compare themselves to others.

Don’t Buy Into It

Don’t buy into the myth, keep working at it. It’s not magic—it’s the willingness to be awful before you get better. It’s the willingness to learn a new skill. It’s about accepting that your vision is valuable, and how you express yourself is unique. It’s really about being your own best friend, and not your own worst critic.

Have you believed talent is something ‘others’ have or were born with? How has this myth held you back from doing what you want? Have you overcome it, how? Share in the comments…