Painting my personal truth (another way of saying this is painting with authenticity) is the best way I know how to make work that is meaningful, sustainable, fresh, magnetic, beautiful and inspiring.
So every once in a while, I like to check in with myself and ask the following 5 questions to help me make sure I am on the right track.
The key here is to answer the questions. The only way to calibrate your creative compass is to take the time and do the mental work to answer these questions for yourself.
I paint a lot. It’s my full time job. On average I paint approximately 50 canvasses a year. If we do the math, that's 50 canvasses a year, times 11 years for a total of 550.
Student Question: Hi Samantha. I am registered in your workshop in Red Deer, Canada. I am wondering what type of gel medium and moulding paste we need? Light, medium or heavy? Also, what type of gold leaf powders do you use? I also like metallic leaf. Is there opportunity to use gold leaf? Can we use fluid acrylics rather then tube?
We’re not heart surgeons. We are artists. There is no wrong choice. Our decisions do not mean life or death for a patient. Thank goodness for that! Every decision that we make on the canvas, takes us to the next. This is the creative process at work! Learn to trust it.
There is no such thing as a “wrong”, “bad” or an “ugly” painting. Each layer is but a “chapter” in the finished “book”. We may not love certain chapters, but they become an integral part of the story.
Since the beginning of my professional painting career (nearly 11 years ago!), I have always dated my paintings. I did this for two reasons:
What kind of paints do you want us to bring? Can I bring different colors than the ones suggested on your supply list? Do we get a lunch break? What should I wear? 20 frequently asked questions & answers now available on my website: https://www.samanthadasilva.com/faqs.html
Every once in a while, I like to check in and ask myself the following 5 questions to make sure I am on the right track. I suggest you answer these as honesty as you possibly can:
I hope you enjoy this short video demonstrating how I varnish my paintings using a paint roller. It's one of the most popular questions I get from my students.
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This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.