“An artist’s career always begins tomorrow”
James McNeill Whistler, Artist
Starting art is like starting a diet; you buy a new gym kit…your canvas
You sign up for the gym, … your new brushes
You sit down and have a cup of tea and slice of cake because it’s all been too much.
If you think you’re the only one struggling, think again…..
What are you scared of?
The biggest stock of art materials are in most people’s cupboards, usually, still wrapped in cellophane.
You’re so excited to create something and know that it is inside you somewhere but the fear of failure is too great even to make the first mark.
Our ability to be creative individuals makes us amazing people but with creativity comes fear and anxiety. Learning to paint is the same as learning to play a musical instrument, or driving a car, and the biggest thing stopping you is the fear of the unknown.
“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare,
it is because we do not dare that they are difficult”
Seneca, Stoic Philosopher
What if everyone laughs?
Having to face a blank canvas can be overwhelming, putting yourself out there will attract criticism and rejection, laughed at rather than admired.
So here is the dilemma…we want to create, but could do without the creeping worry whenever we begin the creative process.
I’m going to use easy to follow, step-by-step lessons to help you to fulfill your artistic desires.
How to get professional results in simple steps
Even if you do get past the first mark the results are usually disappointing due to lack of preparation, what we’ll start with is a prepared canvas.
Think of this as a warm-up of your art, a runner wouldn’t dream of going for a run without stretching unless to risk injury or in the artist’s case, ending up with a durge of colour and trees that look like sheep.
So what we’re going to do is feel the fear and paint it anyway.