Good Artists Make “Bad Art” – To learn we first need to get it wrong

I would like to give you all permission to make “bad art” Please do not be offended by this as I mean it in a positive and supportive way.  Let me explain.  If you are anything like me, you are creative and love to create art but give yourself some impossible tasks.  If you are anything like me, you will have a tendency to be your worst critic and place a lot of pressure on yourself.

I have recently been liberated and was given permission to create bad art, and the person to give me this permission was, guess who?…………….Me.  You see the truth is we are, more often than not, the person keeping us back from moving forward, from getting better.  How is that possible? I hear you ask.  Well, we can only learn and move forward in any skill by pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone, trying something new and to do this we need to be prepared to “get it wrong” first.

If this is something you can relate to, I invite you to read on let me show you what I mean.

Continue reading “Good Artists Make “Bad Art” – To learn we first need to get it wrong”

Finding inspiration at Glenrothes Art Exhibition

Today I would like to simply share with you a happy positive experience.  I am rather excited about it, which is why I am shouting it from the roof tops lol  I hope my excitement is catchy so you too find some inspiration from my share today.

I am an artist just starting to get my art work out to the public. I am participating in my very first art exhibition thanks to being a member of the Glenrothes Art Club.   I have 3 pieces of art work hanging along side lots of other great artists, one of them a portrait of my favourite German artist Lioba Bruckner  For me this is really very exciting.  It is an opportunity to get my work seen by the general public locally up close and personal.  Up until now I have only ever posted photographs of my work on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

See below for a sneak peek at the exhibition held at the Rothes Halls, Glenrothes, Fife.  With free entry it is easy to come along and see for yourself if you are able to get to the Rothes Halls.  Open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm

 

My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.

I was talking with Shumaker Art on her video comments the other day, about her top tips that helped her overcome artist block. Amazing artist by the way, check her out on YouTube.  All creatives experience creative blocks, not just artists.  There were good tips mentioned such as going to the beach to become inspired. She also mentioned taking care of yourself with exercise and eating well etc. I messaged her with my thoughts, explaining that I saw our creativity a little like a car that needs fuel to run.  If we do not have creative fuel then we will run out of ideas, until we refuel.  I was very impressed she mentioned eating well within her tips. However, I also think that, without good nutrition all the other tips will not work as well as they could.  I think it is a little more important than people give it credit for, therefore, my number 1 tip is eat good nutritional food. Read on if you would like to know why? Continue reading “My Number 1 tip for artist block that people rarely mention or think about.”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – an artists review

I was recently recommended Big Magic – Creative Living beyond fear by Elizabeth Gilbert, as a book every creative person should read.  It is not a new book but I had not read it.  Being a creative person I thought it would be good to nourish my creativity so bought it for my kindle.  I like to read, whenever I make time to.  I was not disappointed and it was very easy to make time to read this book.  Here is why.

Continue reading “Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert – an artists review”

How to find inspiration – My mini adventure in Riverside Park in Glenrothes

I have been asked on numerous occasions, how do you find inspiration? and the follow up question, how do you stay inspired?  This is both an easy and difficult question to answer.  It is easy because there are simple things that can be done to find inspiration.  It is only difficult to know what will work for everyone as it is very individual.  What works for me might not be your jam.  Plus there are so many different ways to find inspiration I could not fit it all in one post.  I myself have a variety of different things I like to do to find inspiration.  Today I would like to share one of my favourite ways to be inspired.  Want to know more? continue to read.  A video is also available at the end of the article.

Continue reading “How to find inspiration – My mini adventure in Riverside Park in Glenrothes”

Creative advice- 3 easy tips for beginner artists – painting more expressively using a palette knife

When an acrylic seascape painting was going horribly wrong, I decided to leave it to one side until I was ready to continue.  It was actually months before I finally got some inspiration one day, when I got the urge to try a more expressive painting style.  I already had new palette knives that I had not tried yet, so this seemed a great opportunity to break open the packaging and give expressive palette knife painting a go.  Read on if you want to find out 3 easy and handy beginner hints that I learnt from my experience.   A video is also available at the end of this article.

Continue reading “Creative advice- 3 easy tips for beginner artists – painting more expressively using a palette knife”

Why it is not failure to stop an art project and start again. – Raymond Reddington Charcoal pencil portrait

As part of my plan to improve my portrait work I have been working on portraits of people I admire and who have interesting faces to create.  Raymond “Red” Reddington (played by James Spader) is a character in a television program, I became fascinated with after binge watching the first three series of “The Blacklist” There was something in the way he held his lips to one side that thought was unique to him, therefore an interesting face to draw.

Read on to find out more about my creative process and why it is not failure to stop a project and start again. Continue reading “Why it is not failure to stop an art project and start again. – Raymond Reddington Charcoal pencil portrait”

How to overcome negative thinking – drawing a self portrait with charcoal pencils

There is a story behind this self-portrait as there is with all art.  I began this portrait as I do with any drawing.  I chose my art supplies, my picture and began.  This portrait however, did not quite go according to plan.  I struggled with getting it “just right” I had to battle my thoughts of “I can’t do this” I would just like to say right now I won the battle, and if you are interested in how I did this please continue to read…….

Continue reading “How to overcome negative thinking – drawing a self portrait with charcoal pencils”

Pan pastel Portrait of Jane Davenport inspired by #29faces

Jane Davenport is a professional artist and best selling author, living in Australia with a huge following online.  According to her website (janedavenport.com) about section her passion is teaching women how to defy self-imposed creative gravity, as well as a self confessed art supply junkie.  I myself have taken one of her classes as part of LifeBook2016 (run by another great artist Tamara Laport from willowing arts)

To find out more about my creative process for Janes’ portrait

Continue reading “Pan pastel Portrait of Jane Davenport inspired by #29faces”

Lena Danya pastel portrait inspired by 29 faces challenge

Today is day 2 of the 29 faces challenge and today I am sharing with you something both exciting and scary for me.  The portrait I am sharing is of Lena Danya, one of my favourite artists on YouTube.  I just love her style of filming as well as her amazing art.  I can only dream that Lena actually finds out about my video and watches it lol In the spirit of all things YouTube I have included my video available in YouTube, click continue reading if you would like to view. Continue reading “Lena Danya pastel portrait inspired by 29 faces challenge”