My favorite part of the art-making process is starting a new piece! Applying the first layers of paint in any way, in any color, is so fun! It’s the best time to experiment and play, because anything you do will be more exciting than a blank canvas. So, even if you are creating a figurative piece, start painting anything. There’s so much to learn through play! I like to think that all the initial expressive energy, even if it gets covered, still comes through in the work. Here’s how I start…

Watch me start a painting here.

Getting in motion provides answers for where the work wants to go. Being present without a plan invites you to stay relaxed and open to whatever comes. Give it a try!

How do you start a painting? Let me know in the comments.

In this week’s episode of the Art2Life Podcast, I’ll address some of the great questions I’ve received from listeners. Join me as I dive deep into common motivation and self-doubt challenges from artists committed to improving their work. Sometimes it’s just a matter of reframing the issue! Check it out this Wednesday. Click here to listen to and subscribe to the Art2Life Podcast.

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Have an awesome Sunday!


PS: Here are some links to the two materials I mentioned today:

Gamvar Varnish
Pigment Sticks