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.

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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

 

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.

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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.

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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.

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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…….

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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

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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”

29 faces February 2017 as hosted by Ayala Art – Day 1

Hi folks, February is going to be a busy month for me.  I am participating in the daily create a face challenge called 29 faces as hosted by Ayala Art on her 29 faces blog .  Through out this challenge I will also be challenging myself to post daily blog posts, this will prove a little bit more difficult than creating the faces, as I found out last September with 29 faces September 2016.  Although I did not completely succeed in posting daily I did increase my posting more regularly on my old blog: It’s a wonderful life and had a whole load of fun :).

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One simple step to overcome blank page syndrome

Have you ever felt you wanted to create art but when it came to it you froze as you did not know what you actually wanted to draw/paint? I have loads of times.  Some of that freeze is down to what is known in the creative world as the “blank page syndrome”.  It can also be down to our own perceptions of what we think we “should” be doing verses what we believe we “can” do, in other words our self confidence but that is a whole different conversation lol Today I am exploring the blank page………

That moment you get, say, your art journal out, you open it up and you are faced with the blank page.  How do you get from staring at that blank page to actual creating? There are actually a number of different ways you can overcome this.  Todays article is an explanation of one simple way that I recently used to create an art journal page, to help me overcome blank page syndrome.  To find out the answer read on. A timelapse process video of the art journal page is also available at the end of this article.

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