Month: August 2017
My creative journey has always been a little bit of a struggle for me, as I have been trying to define the reason for me becoming an artist, or trying to make a living as one.
I don’t think that we always get to choose our career, we might be drawn to it, or it chooses us, but when it really comes down to it, I don’t think I would want to do anything else. At the same time I can easily get stuck in some sort of minimalistic thinking or a point of view.
The answers for my struggles are not always easily found, even though I try to find them by loosing myself in what I like to do best, and that is, to create more. Does that mean I am escaping or living more?
But lately, I have been immersing myself in the book by Mark Nepo, The One Life We’re Given, and his words resonate with me so much, that I wanted to share with you this short excerpt from his book –
“The challenge as we strive is not to attach our identity to what we are striving for, but to give our all with faith in how such complete giving of who we are – through what we do – will reveal our deeper nature. Just as a blossom can’t be seen until its flower fully opens, our true identity forms out of our deeper nature, once we are exhausted of our plans.
What we accomplish and create matters. But we are not defined by what we create. We are defined by how the engagement of our being shapes and creates us. When we can honor this mystical fact, then we will continue to grow, regardless what happens to what we create. While what we do might be praised or criticized, our worth continues to form within, independent of how what we do is received. Our aim is not to strive at all cost or to be at all cost. Being human, our journey is to strive in order to be.”
I would also like to invite you to my new online workshop – a mini class of sorts again – Soulful portraits 2. I like to do these mini classes, because I think it gives students a better chance to focus on one thing, as suppose to one big class that might not get to finish. I will be sharing with you few new techniques, one of them is using stencils to start what you would like to paint (flowers, butterflies and o on) and then filling them in with color. There will be about 8 videos in total and most of them fully narrated and not sped up. There will also be a bonus lesson on how I painted this journal page – Girl with a Crow on her Shoulder, but I might call her – We Cast Shadows.
Today I took a yoga class and our teacher read this to us in the beginning of our practice. I thought, how appropriate, since I was looking up this book ‘War of Art’ just yesterday on Amazon.It came highly recommended. And here is the excerpt from the book. I think its a little more of an elaborate way of saying – inspiration has to find you working, and always a good reminder .
“A pro views her work as craft, not art. Not because she believes art is devoid of mystical dimension. On the contrary. She understands that all creative endeavor is holy. But she does not dwell on it. She knows if she thinks about that too much, it will paralyze her. So she concentrates on technique. The professional masters how, and leaves what and why to the gods. Like Somerset Maughan she doesn’t wait for inspiration, she act in the anticipation of it’s apparition. The professional is acutely aware of the intangibles that go into inspiration. Out of respect for them, she lets them work. She grants them their sphere while she concentrates on hers.
The sign of the amateur is over glorification of and preoccupation with the mystery.
The professional shuts up. She does not talk about it. She does her work.”
How would you like to go to California to take a workshop with me? And you could also visit the Newport Beach and Disneyland at the same time! I will be visiting Kara Bullock Art studio this coming October 27 -29. We will be creating Soulful Portraits art together. I am getting soooo excited about it.
If you would like to find out more about it, visit Kara’s Page. And then scroll down to find out about some goodies I am tossing into the bag.
And how about this, if you sign up, you will get the online mini course Soulful Portraits 2 that’s starting September 19 free, because I would consider it sort of a prerequisite. And if you sign up before September 30th, I will bring you a personalized gift that includes your portrait, painted by me 🙂
I truly hope you will decide to join me on this next adventure of painting Soulful Portraits
Soulful Portraits II
After my first Soulful Portraits workshop with Bourguereau that was inspired by a painting by William-Adolpe Bourguereau I thought it might be a good idea to continue with the theme, but use it to practice a different kind of technique, because I really love the idea of Soulful Portraits.
In this workshop I would like to take you on a journey of creative exploration with inexpensive craft’s acrylics.
The difference between Premium acrylics and craft’s acrylics is not only the quality and difference in price, but also the availability of color.
Just look at the array of colors available to you in Americana, Craft Smart or Folk Art paints. And you can have them all, because they are only about $2 each. For most part, crafts paints are very opaque, and because they are already very specifically mixed, I would not recommend blending them together, because they will very quickly become “muddy”. So the beautiful pink, green or the lovely shade of blue looses it’s vibrancy very quickly. The other obstacle is that, they don’t get very dark, so instead of putting a dark to create a shade, we will try to learn how to use contrasting colors to create a “shade”, and I will explain that in the class. The nice thing about the wide range of colors is that you can easily create some very interesting combinations of colors, instead of trying to figure out how to match the color you like.
What else you might like in the workshop
- I think that this workshop will help your understanding of colors in a very fun way, and is suitable to beginners and more advanced artists.
- We will also focus on creating an interesting composition that brings the viewer into the painting and I think you will enjoy this class.
- You will have an access to a FB page, were you can share your final piece or get any help while creating your project.
This class contains only one project that is broken down into detailed narrative videos 5 in total and about 30 minutes each. All the videos are available for immediate download, and the class has a lifetime access.
- Mixed Media paper or page, you can of course use Canvas or Canvas Board
- Pencil, Eraser
- Craft’s Paint Acrylics, Colors – Skin Tone, Raw Siena, Pink – light, bright and darker Pink, Violet, Sage Green, Peach, Burgundy, Red Violet, Sky Blue, Bright green
Please note that they are no refunds after purchasing the class, if you have any questions about if this class is right for you on any other concerns, please email me at Artentive@icloud.net