It’s all about the background – Progress report 2

“Creativity can be described as letting go of certainties. ” ~ Gail Sheehy, American author and journalist. There are so few certainties when I start each painting. Uncertainties are many as I continue to work on a large canvas featuring my granddaughter as ballerina and using this grainy photograph as my inspiration. The flowers I […]

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Doubts set in on big canvas painting – progress report 1

“If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends) “Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist? Chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death.” ~ Steven Pressfield, “The War of Art”. I wonder if any artist ever feels totally confident? Surely there must […]

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A big blank canvas is always daunting

“Unless you put yourself on the line and give it your best shot, you’ll never know what you could achieve.” ~ Paula Radcliffe, marathon world record holder from Great Britain. There are no guarantees in art. Each stroke of paint, each mark might result in disaster of colour or proportion or conversely, it could improve […]

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