A Big Oops!
A Sneak Peek at My Painting Demo
I started this painting by covering the canvas with wrinkled tissue paper and then painting it with shades of red. Next I randomly added collage elements including a foil wrapper and some net like fabric.
I then applied layers of paint with a scraper building up lots of texture.
I had the opportunity to do a painting demo during my solo show at the Rainforest Arts Gallery in Chemainus. The demo was actually held in the Credit Union which is behind the gallery. They where very accommodating and interested in the process. For this demo I worked from a photo. I had taken a hike at Englishman River Falls a couple of days prior to the demo and was truly inspired!
Life is a Balancing Act
This is a painting I did with cold wax and oil paint. For some reason the words “If life is a game Play Big” came up. It got me thinking about what play big means.Play Big is going to mean something different for everyone. The next step of your journey, something you are facing that is fearful, a big dream you want to take.
The Benefits of Painting Studies
I have been thinking a lot about what it means to me and how I am going to achieve it.
I have used two tools to help me.
Failure is a Good Thing
While preparing for my recent abstract landscape workshops I decided to do a bunch of small paintings on paper to show my students various techniques and compositional styles. I really discovered the benefits of painting several studies in succession.
Finding Time to Paint
It might not seem like it a the time but just think about it for a moment! If it wasn’t for failure we would not be so fortunate today. The light bulb and the airplane being good examples.
Today I am talking about failure as an artist. I don’t mean giving up and quitting kind of failure. I am speaking of failing to grow.
Looking Back and Moving Forward
It is something I hear over and over from students and professional artists alike – I don’t have time to paint!
Why is it we don’t make time to do what we love? Is it lack of motivation, fear, guilt, laziness or not allowing ourselves the luxury?
I think of art as nurturing my soul and self-care. Without it, I am cranky, depressed and just generally not in a good space.
I always find looking back over the past year helps me with my plans for the future. It is good to take a look at what we DID accomplish and not dwell on the things we didn't get to.
We can then decide if the things that didn't get done are worthy of putting back on the list for the coming year.
Why didn't we get to them?