Painting made easy

Let go and let your creativity shine.

Its not easy to let go when we paint. The fear of being wrong or criticized holds us back. Pleasing people is another big one. I saw a adult who came to pick up her child after a class a few months ago and I saw how her energy changed as she wanted to please the adult and stopped her creative flow.

We get stuck in thinking that we have to be perfect and your art has to be perfect.

But its only a canvas or a piece of paper! These can be painted over. If you dont like what you created what is it saying about you. Sometimes it just doesn't sit right with us and we cant quite work out what it is. Sometimes its adding another layer.

What if it was just a processes of self discovery? What if we liked just playing with colours? The left brain does a lot of the analytical stuff and our self criticism comes out. Sometimes we have to switch that side off, keep going and push through. I see the flow happen after a while clients faces light up and its like the child has come out to play.

I know it in my own painting practice. My partner and I decided we were going to paint at home. He was outside with oil paints and it was a bit cold, so I decided to paint inside. Well I thought what were we doing we should be together painting and enjoying each other company. I saw my thoughts take hold and so the painting was a bit stiff it didn't quite flow and the colours not right. Once I gave up the need for anything to be right and with the help of music it flowed very easily.

I ended up selling that painting very quickly by showing someone.

Sometimes a quick scribble is what we need to get out manic thought out before we start! So scribble away first on paper, get out those frustration of the day and go for it!

You never know the scribble might be a possible next painting idea!



Creative Painting Made Easy

The next part in our coaching programme for creatively fit was ‘painting made easy’. Which we get to learn how to show beginners how to paint and mix colours the easy way.

This was so much fun. I find the blank (Naked canvas) doesn’t scare me, but excites me, but I suppose not all people are like me, and I must remember that

1st Layer filled me with joy!

Re learning to mix colours again in a simple way was quite easy, but there are colours I don’t like when mixed. But went ahead anyway. Having three primary colours to work with red, blue and yellow. We also added white on the palette. 

As I am mixing my left brain chastises me and I question myself.  I could see my thoughts going downhill. But then I stilled the left brain critic and decided to ‘go for it’.  

We were to paint the whole of the canvas with these mixed colours, and what a joy it was! A celebration of colour, energy and movement. I had my favourite music on and at this point it just flowed and nothing else mattered.

I have been quite busy lately getting my art studio up and running, but I didn’t realise how tense I had been. Painting this canvas with colour was such a relief and a release. I got right into the moment and it filled me with complete joy. Even some tears of joy, it was amazing. 

I loved the colours that I created and in my 1st layer I could see a European influence and recognised a few symbols too. I suppose you could leave the painting as it is, or even bring out what you see, but then you would get to experience the layers and what the painting will really uncover.

After it was dry it was ready for my outline, my 2nd layer

What was I going to outline? I just started to paint a large pot of flowers. I realised at this point that the canvas wasn’t sitting correctly. I was working on my dining room table (You can create art anywhere!) anyway It turned out the canvas was warped and a bit crooked. Maybe I didn’t quite value what I was doing and picked this up out of my storage shed “thinking ‘this will do”.

 Taking the outline to the edge and off the canvas makes the painting more interesting to the eye.

 After my outline was dry – I was feeling a little impatient as I was dying to get into the

3rd layer of the painting.

 Layer 3 is like colouring in the shapes with the mixed colours. Like stained glass.

 My thoughts stopped me a bit when mixing again. Again I had to let go of any thought of “this isn’t right”. My left brain wanted to be correct.

3rd layer  

Again I found it exciting. Starting at the edge of the outlines and working in lightly with quite a dry brush. Leaving some of the first layer show through. Repeating colours in one space then paint it in another, leaving contrasting colours coming through. Repeating colours helps to create unity and balance. So if you put some pale blue in one spot then put some in another part of the painting. At his stage there is no details to put in. I found at this stage I was impatient for the layer to dry.





The 4th Layer: Now to add contrast to make the image pop out adding light colour next to dark areas where needed to make shadow. Then add any details and highlights.

I felt I went too far and lost some of the lovely colours in this layer. I lost some of the lovely marks underneath.  I don’t know when to stop, which has always been what I do when painting. Trying to make it perfect. But what is perfect? For me the painting changed my energy and filled my soul with pleasure.  I need to give myself permission let the painting rest in between.

4th Layer finished

4th Layer finished

It was a great exercise and a great start to painting if you have not done any before.

A great self awareness tool though the layers and art process. Have fun creating art which is your life.