Friday, 19 July 2019

Shout out loud.

Finding a personal voice.

‘Rising with the sun’

Oils and cold wax medium on canvas.
A re-worked painting in my studio.

This is the picture before I worked on it.  
There wasn’t really anything wrong but
I felt it was divided into three parts.  

The new painting has more interest.


I was reading an article today by Austin Kleon...

This image below came from his newsletter.

Dan Harmon’s quote on the left urges us 
to find our voice and then shout it from the rooftops. 
 Dan says keep doing it until the ‘right’ people find us.  

In his book, Austin Kleon tells us to show our work. 

I am now thinking that ‘Showing = Shouting’

If we keep our work hidden, no-one will see it.
Social media such as Facebook and Instagram 
can be a place to show our work, although I 
prefer not to literally shout...a gentle mention is nicer.  

I share and post my pictures on both. 
Not just the finished ones but some 
of my struggles, re-works and failures too.
They are all part of my painting life.  

I saw something else in Austin’s newsletter...

‘I was thinking that there’s no reason to ever 

participate in an art-making process unless 

there’s some chance for happy accidents 

and moments of serendipity’.   

I love a happy accident.

This painting had the ‘happy’ treatment. 

One mark of yellow changed everything.

It was pre-planned and not accidental 

but it could have gone wrong.

Instead, I feel there is a new focus in the work.

The art-making process is what drives me to paint.

Taking risks and experimenting with colour.

‘Every day I will give you a colour’

This is a re-worked picture.
It was a struggle with a lot of scraping back.
Then I saw fragments of my wild garden emerging.

Oils and cold wax medium on 

20 x 20 inch box canvas.

Thank you Austin Kleon for your advice...

I found my voice,

I will go to the rooftops.

Austin’s newsletters may be seen by visiting his website.

Ps...this is my unfinished picture

 from the last Blog post -

‘The best of all times’

Oils and cold wax medium on 16 x 16 inch box canvas 

(The picture before I changed it)

Until next time...

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