There are many pitfalls along the creative path, let me tell you! If you’re susceptible to pleasing others, as I am, you’re particularly at risk of spending valuable hours, days and years making art that, consciously or unconsciously, aligns to the expectations of others.
I have to admit to something here and now. Right through my art study, I pretty much just focused on producing ‘finished’ paintings. I don’t know how many times my poor tutors would implore me to put in some actual practice, but would I listen? Ah, no.
Colour (with apologies to US readers who spell colour sans the ‘u’) is something that, as painters we all love and, for many of us, it’s the driving force behind what we do. But, as glorious as colour is, it can also provide the most challenge, particularly for those just starting out.
Phew! Where has the time gone? The lead up to Christmas was one almighty rush and straight afterwards it was all steam ahead for a family wedding. Before I knew it, it was time to go back to work!
It’s a curious thing when you’ve been away from painting for so long, and then restart. You wonder, firstly, whether you can still paint… (I’m not kidding). You wonder if it’s going to be like riding a bicycle – once learnt, always remembered, or whether your skills have gone AWOL… permanently.
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