The energy you infuse into our paintings is real, and others can feel it when they experience your work.
Several nights ago, I asked my new class of 12 beautiful, “fearless abstract painters” to share what they felt were some synonyms of fear. An abrupt hush feel over the group. The answers came slowly at first:“Trepidation, shame, contrived, not good enough, resistance, judgement, ridicule, a feeling of loss, worry, doubt, anxiety, a headache”.
Next, I asked them to describe the antonyms of fear. Oh I wish you could have been there to witness it for yourself! There was an immediate change to the quality of energy in the room. Smiles began to stretch across their faces as they spoke: “Faith, hope, trust, calm, flow, confidence, courage, brave, love, and joy.”
Do you think you could tell the difference between a “fearful” vs. a “fearless” painting?
For many artists, fear of the blank canvas is paralyzing.
The next time you’re staring at a blank canvas, try this: Take a deep breath and say: “Thank You!” What a privilege and an honor it is, to use paint and mediums to channel the creative source. Next, using your roller, brush or fingers, paint several inspiring words on your canvas - the antonyms of fear are perfect examples.
This simple, but powerful exercise clarifies the intention for the work, and it puts you in a headspace that the canvas is a friend and ally rather than an enemy and something to be fearful of. The energy we infuse into our paintings is real, and others can feel it when they experience our work. Choose a “fearless” attitude as your anchor and guide, and enjoy the creative process flowing through you: free flowing, powerful, clear and energizing.
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