What is the biggest obstacle to painting freely and joyfully? One would think that painting is a fun activity and we should feel relaxed and happy while creating. You would think this to be self evident. Sadly not. I see too many artists sweating the small stuff. Often this leads to them giving up. They are not being true to themselves. Here's why:
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In Episode 12 of An Artist's Journey Podcast my special guest is Gavin Van Winsen of Winsen's Canvases. Listen to this episode and find out:
In this podcast episode I want to explore how attitude influences out creative process. How can we get more control over creating positive work when our moods and attitudes are easily influenced? It is not always easy. Especially for artists. You can listen to the episode below. Plus there is a full transcript if you prefer to read.
When faced with a complicated scene jam packed with details you have a few choices. Paint all the details, panic or try and suggest the details. If you have many weeks and lots of patience you may choose option one. If you have no idea and limited time - option two then. However, I prefer the last option and that is also the subject on my next Loose Painting lesson.
Do you reach the middle of the year and wonder what happened in the past six months? It can be a shock to discover that your resolutions are lying in shreds or have been forgotten. What about the plans you had to start new creative projects when you retired? Surprisingly, those plans have fallen away even though you have reached retirement. Or you have more time now that the children have gone to university? What is holding you back?
Don’t worry. This is normal, but there are easy ways to get yourself back on track.
Do you remember watching the the movie The Last Samurai? In one of the early scenes the samurai leader, Lord Katsumto, utters a now famous quote about living an honorable life.
This marvelous quote sets the samurai up for a series of tragic events - that I will not reveal here. Just in case you still want to see the movie. But the samurai learns something about life's true values. It is a profound moment.
What is the quote and how does this relate to an artist's life? Read on.
At long last my podcast has been launched. An Artist's Journey is about the trials and successes of an artist's life. The intention is to include interviews with artists, galleries, entrepreneurs and people in the art business who can provide helpful insights.
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Should artists start a blog? This may seem like a simple question to answer. But there are good reasons why some artists should not blog either. I will get to that too. In this podcast I state the case for artists starting a blog. It can make a BIG difference to an artist's career. Listen to the podcast below or read the transcript.
After my recent Blockbuster Movie Trailer for these new lessons was published on my Facebook page some of my friends thought that I was going too far. After all this is a painting lesson not a movie production! Yes - true! But I wanted to show them that loose, fresh and spontaneous painting is so much fun. And that is the point. Painting is meant to be fun too.
So when you you want to let go and paint fast and free - do so! And here is how you can get a preview and a special offer.
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