To paint outdoors is an adventure. Even when you paint down the road in familiar territory. This is the moment when you are outside your comfort zone and forced to concentrate on a scene. The experience makes your painting stronger. It also makes you a better painter.
In this series I am going to explore the outdoor painting experience. In Part 1 we take a look at my basic plein air painting kit. You can watch the video below too and pin the infographic.
Tell someone that painting is difficult and you will get different reactions. Many artists will nod agreement. Non-artists often react with amusement. The skeptics associate art with fun or even idleness. I can assure the cynics that painting is a tough trade is you want to reach high levels.
In this article I will focus on the most frustrating issues faced by artists. Then explore ways to overcome these issues effectively.
Guest post by Marliën Barnard
There is a lot of talk lately about art therapy. It’s an area filled with fuzzy thinking and unqualified practitioners. But if art therapy really is able to help the process of psychotherapy, how does it work? How can it give us greater insight into people?
And is it really effective in psychological healing?
What is mindful painting? Painting has many functions and benefits. An artist could, for example, paint formal portraits for most of the day. Then in an unguarded moment sketch out an abstract image far removed from her usual work. Have you found yourself doodling without a thought? Has the drawing surprised you? Do you wonder why you drew that image?
Often we need to paint, draw and sketch for reasons not entirely clear. But the activity makes us feel better. In its simplest form this is mindfulness. Creating intuitively.
You may be wondering what is the purpose of mindfulness? In this article I will give you an introduction to this topic. Plus a few videos to demonstrate mindful painting in practice.
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa