Thursday, August 20, 2009

A Key Ingredient for Painting

To make a powerful painting I believe you need to form a direct channel from your inner self onto the canvas. Sounds easy – but there are many distractions or “static” that can get in the way of this process. Here are some ways to help keep us directed and not distracted: Technical mastery over your tools and materials, having a clear and organized set up for your process, spending time organizing and preparing for painting, clearing the space around our painting area to include only those images and items that are part of our idea, clearing clutter so we can think, avoiding distractions such as phones ringing, deliveries to our door, and unexpected visitors. Staying centered throughout the day is a big plus. Meditating in the morning helps me. Also, all those non-painting tasks we are required to do during the day such as going to a day-job, child care, household chores, computer correspondence, business details and errands could be accomplished with focus, and good-natured intention. If we practice that we can show up for our painting time already warmed up with a good attitude and focus. For me, its better to stay clear and make the most out of limited painting time, then force myself to paint for long “factory worker” hours without preparation and centeredness.



Blogger Christopher Guerra said...

Hey Nancy
Whats a good website for buying large amounts of Acrylic paint?

August 27, 2009 at 2:36 PM  
Blogger Nancy Reyner said...

I actually don't know. My guess is to use the mail order places like Dick Blick. You can contact Golden directly and ask them too. Here is a contact link for Golden.

August 27, 2009 at 8:05 PM  
Blogger UnoCosa said...

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August 28, 2009 at 2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Discovered your website and blog today.
Wondering where your schedule is for October.
Thanks - and God bless.

September 15, 2009 at 7:51 AM  
Blogger Nancy Reyner said...

My workshop and lecture schedules can be found at this link
Thanks for asking.

September 15, 2009 at 9:22 AM  
Blogger DJ said...

Argghh...I was checking your schedule and see you will actually be in my state doing a workshop, and I won't be able to attend because of my day job.
This is how life goes, I guess.
Hope your Fall schedule goes well for you.:-)

September 27, 2009 at 4:12 AM  
Anonymous Sakura Hasegawa said...

Thanks for the tip. My uncle is an artist and he definitely requires a lot of focus and tranquility to be able to draw and create masterpieces. Thanks for sharing it with the rest of us.

September 30, 2009 at 12:52 AM  

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