Hi everyone

I struggle with what I think I am good at ............I study what I am drawing , practice and look at it again and again and end up changing it...

I dont want to look at too many tutorials or other peoples how to although I can learn so much from them and ....I wish I could just pick up a brush and do it my way and end up with a really good painting......Maybe I am to harsh on myself.....Do yo think you either have it in you to create blindly or does it even matter , maybe I should just go for it and see what comes out .....

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Whether artists 'have it in them' or not --- I might think that everyone has firstly gained  inspiration from somewhere.  It may have been from one or more sources; family who are/were artistic, art-related schooling opportunities, books, dvd-learning, art gallery visits, and now the internet.

Being passionate about certain subject matter too can be influential -------- the nature lover will enjoy drawing/painting nature related art.  The people-person might enjoy doing portraits, the animal lover .....and so it goes.  So yes, I believe that allowing yourself to be inspired, over and over, will give momentum----------- and just go for it, but also enjoy the steps.   

TAC is just the greatest spot to call by and share your art.

sure just go for it, but you need exposure to as many many art sources as possible too.

books, museums, artworks (on TAC), the internet of course, eg pinterest, virtual tours of galleries, art galleries, you tube, real lessons and workshops...

so many resources are available to you. take advantage of them!

good luck kari!

Hi Karen,

I think if you pick up brush and blindly paint often enough then eventually you will find a painting style and feeling which moves you and pleases you. Taking in the visual information around you is an important part of the creative process . Be it Art or just the day to day views of being alive.influence and stimulation are a constant process, one of the pleasures of life, part of the ongoing evolution of your individual experience. 

Your question about having it in you in the first place is always contentious,i would say that we all have artistic potential which can if we are lucky enough become something which gives us pleasure. As a closing thought , we are hindered mostly by the boundaries we set ourselves, of our personality and confidence. Be bold,push the boundaries,feed the passion and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing your work, where will you go next?

Hi

stephen mason said:

Hi Karen,

I think if you pick up brush and blindly paint often enough then eventually you will find a painting style and feeling which moves you and pleases you. Taking in the visual information around you is an important part of the creative process . Be it Art or just the day to day views of being alive.influence and stimulation are a constant process, one of the pleasures of life, part of the ongoing evolution of your individual experience. 

Your question about having it in you in the first place is always contentious,i would say that we all have artistic potential which can if we are lucky enough become something which gives us pleasure. As a closing thought , we are hindered mostly by the boundaries we set ourselves, of our personality and confidence. Be bold,push the boundaries,feed the passion and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing your work, where will you go next?



Karen said:

Hi Stephen
Thanks for the advice.....I think you are right ....Ive yet to work out what I am best at and enjoy most....Actually threw 2 canvases out this morning as I was trying to hard and made a blunder !!!!!!
Not good I know.....
I will start again tomorrow ....:)
stephen mason said:

Hi Karen,

I think if you pick up brush and blindly paint often enough then eventually you will find a painting style and feeling which moves you and pleases you. Taking in the visual information around you is an important part of the creative process . Be it Art or just the day to day views of being alive.influence and stimulation are a constant process, one of the pleasures of life, part of the ongoing evolution of your individual experience. 

Your question about having it in you in the first place is always contentious,i would say that we all have artistic potential which can if we are lucky enough become something which gives us pleasure. As a closing thought , we are hindered mostly by the boundaries we set ourselves, of our personality and confidence. Be bold,push the boundaries,feed the passion and have fun.

Looking forward to seeing your work, where will you go next?

Karen,

 Threw away !! such a devil may care attitude. Beneath every great artwork lies another covered up.

Happy Monday.

I know I know its a disgrace !!!!!

However I tried to cover it up ...change it .....disguise my blunder, but in the end I was soooo annoyed at myself ...So I gave in .....I had no choice but to ( chuck it oot) as we say in Scotland......:(

At least you tried to make it right and most importantly you knew when to call it a day and move on. Hope your next artistic foray is more fruitful and fulfilling. Win some lose some. Yin and Yang.

Karen said:

I know I know its a disgrace !!!!!

However I tried to cover it up ...change it .....disguise my blunder, but in the end I was soooo annoyed at myself ...So I gave in .....I had no choice but to ( chuck it oot) as we say in Scotland......:(

Yeah .........ıll be more patient next time !!!!

Karen,


I had a thought which i have to say came easily due to my personal artistic preference. My thought is that you should try an abstract piece. A piece which is not supposed to be anything other than  an expression of a free creative spirit. I would set the situation to be as calm and comfy as possible. For me this is usually at night with music i like and materials at hand.
Take it slowly and gently at first, fluid strokes and colours you enjoy.
Stop and step back to appraise until you feel the piece is flowing from inside, it might make you smile at this point, it does with me.
Whatever happens finish it somehow, no chucking oot.
It's a different way to paint but it works for me and it might help you find a method or at least a creative process to build on.
Art is so personal, and abstract art is a bit like laying your soul out to be analysed but i figure the honesty and expression is the real depth of creative endeavour.
Well, that's a lot of words, take or leave as you will, best of luck when next you hold a brush.

Karen said:

Yeah .........ıll be more patient next time !!!!

Hi Karen

  Everything you do is better than not doing something..its what you learn from your mistakes. Perseverance was Van Gogh strength he was driven to paint and he couldn't draw or paint for toffee at first!! In his case pure perseverance to capture that, like you said "the way you want it" was his master and eventually of course we have a new world because of it!..

 I think your halfway home by painting regular and drawing. Good luck and thankyou for yiour comments on my work!

Frank Savage.

I do agree with all the above comments{ haven't heard that expression "cant paint for toffee" for many years must be from Lancashire !} I find T A C is a good place to post  and  I too believe art is in the eye of the beholder. No need to be perfect it is a medium that is relaxing and definitely eases stress. I am 74 was a nursing teacher and when I retired became a travel writer never touched a pencil or paint  wrote  for five years and was paid but then my close sisters died  and I could not write anything worthwhile. I grieved three years then took up a pencil and started sketching  no idea, no style, all I know is keep at it if you enjoy it your style will emerge . I do not yet have a style but I think this group has certainly helped me in my journey . Keep painting Karen

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