In this video, I share my unique set of tools & materials to help you set up your own “Fearless” abstract painting studio.
Materials (In Order Of Appearance):
(1) Drop Cloth
(1) 4-Inch Foam Mini Roller w/ 12-Inch handle
(1) 4-Inch Foam Mini Roller Refills
(1) Saran Wrap Roll
(1) Disposable Gloves
(1) Paper Towel Roll
Acrylic Paints (student or artist quality)
(1) Acrylic Gloss Gel Medium. Preferred brands: Golden & Liquitex
(1) Modeling/Molding Paste. Preferred brands: Golden & Liquitex
(1) Spackling Paste. Preferred brand: DAP
(1) Canvas (thin or deep profile) 24” x 30”
(1) Acrylic Varnish. Preferred brand: Liquitex
(1) Large Spray Bottle
(1) Palette Knife (any size)
(1) Salt, Salt and/or Sawdust
Behind The Scenes
Shooting this video was a huge exercise in vulnerability.
After an entire week of recording, I got to the point I felt like tossing the entire thing. I started out with a “grand vision” of what my instructional videos would look like, but the reality turned out to be far from what I had imagined.
When I shared this sentiment with my partner, he told me to apply the same advice I give to my students: “Don’t wait until everything is perfect before you begin. The process of creating evolves into ideas.” How right he is!
So, rather than waiting until I have a year’s worth of Toastmasters under my belt, a supersize dose of confidence in front of the camera, and a perfect script, I will move forward with what I have.
Fearless Abstract Painting is exactly that: beginning before we feel 100% ready, staying rooted in the present moment, listening & indulging the prompts of our creative source, going with the flow, having fun, learning as we go, and managing expectations by not holding too tightly to preconceived ideas. Time and time again, my creative process helps me to lean into areas of discomfort in my day-to-day life.
Let me know what you think!
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.