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Creative Confidence

Posted on Jul 19, 2013 in Creativity

Today is the last day of our Wet & Wild Week - and yes, it has been. I have to applaud each student who participated for your willingness to try new things, your wonderful sense of adventure. Each day was a smorgasbord of creative ideas. We really got into layering different effects, textures, and colours - too much fun! In the end, more than specific techniques which of course I hope are helpful, I am really hoping that each one will go away with a greater creative confidence and even more freedom to explore.

I plan to post some photos next week - stay tuned.

It seemed appropriate to post this lovely 11 minute video: "David Kelley: How to Build Your Creative Confidence". Enjoy!

  • Cheryl O    |  Jul 21, 2013

    Glad you enjoyed it, Kathie!

  • Kathie    |  Jul 19, 2013

    This was an awesome video, Cheryl! Thanks for sharing. It gives food for thought on many different levels, even touching on one's deepest dreams, and purpose in this world.

Advise from Artists

Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in Art Links

CherriesHere's some advice from other artists.  I'm sure you will find something inspiring in this article. Thanks to Artpromotivate - here's the link:  "Never Give Up On Your Art."


Posted on Jul 17, 2013 in Quotable


How Clutter Affects Your Brain

Posted on Jul 16, 2013 in Outside the Box

Photo by LifehackerI'm pretty sure that every artist struggles with this - clutter. As you really get involved with a painting, the paint bottles have a way of migrating outward in an expanding chaos. Add some collage into the mix, and there's no taming that space. Mostly, I go with the flow. When I start having difficulty navigating across the floor of my studio space, I kick back into organizational mode, with each tube and bottle finding it's own proper spot even if ever so briefly. One important question that I ask myself is, does having a tidy study make me more likely to paint? I think it may help. But for painting motivation, I find there's nothing like having 3 paintings on the go at once and a bunch of great photo references asking for more.

Which motivates you - a tidy space, or creative chaos?

This is such an interesting article. I thought the 4 ways to master clutter listed at the bottom of the article were good ideas.

Here's the link: How Clutter Affects Your Brain by Lifehacker

About Canvas

Posted on Jul 15, 2013 in Tips and Techniques

Dais2TIn any art supply store there is cheap canvas, and then there is the more expensive kind - which type I buy depends on exactly which painting techniques I will be using. The main difference between the 2 is the amount of gesso coating. You can't go by labels such as 'triple coated' either. It seems that those 3 coats are incredibly thin sometimes. The result of not enough gesso is to make the canvas surface too absorbent. The paint soaks in too much instead of moving easily across the surface - not pleasant. You can fix this by rolling on a couple of coats of gesso and sanding between. I don't like to have to spend the extra time to do that. However, if I am going to pretexture a canvas with gesso or gel before painting as I often do when working wet and wild, that will remedy the cheap canvas feel. I recommend trying some of each type of canvas to see which you prefer for the techniques that you are using. But I suggest, never buy the canvas with staples on the side . They really are bargain basement and it's not worth doing good work on that bad a support. And a last note about canvas pad products - the cheaper ones of those are really awful to paint on. Definitely get a good brand such as Fredrix Canvas pads. It's still cheaper than a prestretched canvas. Happy painting!

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