This week I’ve been thinking about creating art and what motivates us.  I came across this quote which I like from an online resource called “Thought for Today”

Create Continuously
“Every day is an opportunity to be creative – the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, ‘my life’.

Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today – it matters.”

An Angel's Dream webJust occasionally creating art becomes a truly spontaneous act for me.  I usually have a reasonably clear idea about what I want to see on the canvas.

When painting the “Angel’s Dream” above I had no form or idea in my head, I just put the paint on the canvas by instinct.  As the layers progressed I found myself thinking about the cosmos although I did not intentionally create a galaxy or solar system.

I began to wonder if Angels had dreams and what those dreams might be about and added the honesty seed pods to represent the souls of the departed.  My Mother had passed away around the time I painted this (2011), so perhaps she was my inspiration.

What do you see in this painting.  Maybe your interpretation would be totally different from mine.  Please do share your thoughts with me.


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New techniques in art can add a whole new dimension to your artistic style.

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Enchanted Trees by Bee Lilli

Professional artists need to be consistent in their work if they wish to exhibit.  They need to produce a body of work that is linked by colour, form or content; work that can be presented in a portfolio in such a way that the gallery owner can clearly see that it will create a unified show.  Gallery owners don’t want a jumble of different styles; they look at the whole body of work rather than individual paintings.  Will that body of work look good on the walls of the gallery and lead the viewer around the space, ultimately leading to a sale?

Techniques in Art can be familiar and comfortable.

But sometimes you might want to just break out of your mould and try something new and different.

The picture here was my first attempt at using pastels.  My preferred medium is acrylic; my preferred base is canvas.  I love to ‘break out’ regularly and I learn a great deal in the process.

I call this piece “Enchanted trees” because the trees have been given a ‘living’ character.  At any minute they could start heaving themselves into life and begin lumbering over their leafy carpet.

Using pastels was a challenge because I’m used to being able to layer colour over colour so had to think about the lightest areas first and work toward darker tones.  Layering too much with pastels also causes the grip on the paper to be lost so subsequent layers may not ‘stick’ and if you like the grain of the paper to show through, too many layers will smooth it off.

Exploring new techniques in art is like exploring new techniques in life.  You learn in the process; you push your boundaries and step outside of your comfort zone; you grow.

When we stick with what we know we are limiting ourselves.  Yes, we do need to be consistent to gain the practice, the skill, the credibility and consistency needed in our lives, work and art, but just as the occasional exploration of our skill set will strengthen our work, so the occasional exploration of our beliefs, values or behaviours will help us realise where we are stuck in a rut that’s not working for us and where we can expand, grow and be more true to ourselves.

If you were to try  totally different techniques in art what would they be?

If you were to examine an area of your life or behaviours that needs some tweaking, what would that be?


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Never Stop Believing in Yourself

March 17, 2012

Believing in yourself can be a struggle sometimes. As artists, we often lose our faith in ourselves and feel as if  we’ve lost the plot.  We start to do the housework or some other chore – anything but pick up our paintbrush and commit our soul to paper. If you are stuck right now, if believing […]

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Looking After Your Art

March 6, 2012

Once you’ve spent your hard-earned cash on buying a beautiful painting, print or textile, it makes sense to look after it and keep it in good condition.  You never know what it might be worth in a few years time if your favored artist becomes very collectible. Handling your art The oils from your hands […]

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Painting in Spain | Estudio 61 Marbella

February 28, 2012

Painting in Spain January 2012: Estudio 61 Marbella I’m lucky enough to have spent a month in Spain this January.  Every lunch-time we dined on the balcony in warm sunshine whilst my friends and family in the UK shivered.  I can’t pretend I didn’t gloat a little. One of the fun aspects of our vacation was Estudio 61, […]

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