Today’s quote is all about being FEARLESS. A lot of the time fear and perfectionism go hand in hand. Especially when it comes to our creativity. The fear of doing something well (or perfectly) can at times stop you from doing that thing at all. Your fear extorts joy and potential happiness from your life by threatening you with what might happen! You deserve to live fearless and free. My strategy is to just start and see where it takes me.
Our extra (optional) journal prompt is:
Cut out words to use on your page.
If you need a reminder how the challenge works go have another look at the Intro page.
This week we have an example page by Monika Dabrowska-Ejmont from Green Kitten Art:
I love this YouTube video by Kristal Norton where she gives you a bunch of strategies for overcoming your fear with your art journaling.
Overcoming your fears about art journaling – by Kristal Norton
Our feature artist this week – Pamela Jennion
Pamela is one of our lovely local artists who will be teaching in our studio shortly (see below for details on her class). You may have seen some of Pam’s challenge pages as she has been playing alongside us and creating some beautiful pages.
Tell us a bit about yourself …
During my early painting life I mostly used acrylics, I decided I needed to do something new. So I had a few lessons from an artist who showed me the basics of watercolour. I fell in love with the freedom of playing with the paints and the water. I have painted this way ever since. My friends were loving my paintings and a few asked me to show them how to paint. Before I knew it Sunshine Coast Art Classes was born and I haven’t looked back (over 20 years).
I designed a program that could teach the BEGINNER artist to paint WATERCOLOUR in just ONE, FUN & EASY lesson.
My compositions are quite simplistic and whimsical. I love joyous colour and hope that the paintings take the viewer to a HAPPY PLACE. I was inspired early on by Ken Done a famous Australian artist. I loved his simple, bright, happy style and so I only use bright, happy colours too. My own art style has recently changed and I am now painting what’s really in my heart. By adding inspirational verse & collage, my paintings have taken on extra new meaning by helping them to tell a story. My desire when people look at my paintings that they feel uplifted and encouraged.
I decided to take the challenge of Colour me positive 2016 and have been so inspired by all the amazing art works that have graced the site. I love receiving the theme for the week and then seeing my painting evolve.
What is your favourite inspirational quote?
My favourite quote is …”Face your fears and your fears will go.”
I have applied this verse to many areas of my life and It has helped get through some really tough times. It has also helped me grow as an artist. By learning to take risks and be willing to think outside the square. I have become a ‘happy artist’.
One day I saw a lady standing in front of one of my paintings that I was using to advertise one of my workshops. She stood there just gazing at it. And after a while she turned to me and said ‘ Oh I could never do that’ and with that she walked away. I felt so sad for her, because I believe that she allowed her fear of failure to rob her of a beautiful experience.
What inspires you?
Being an art tutor for more than 20 years has become my greatest joy. I just love inspiring the beginner artist and helping them to find the freedom in using the ‘wet on wet watercolour technique’. I believe that Art should be a joyous experience, a place where we can go to escape the storms of life or just to create a painting to brighten up our home.
Where can we find you?
If you live within driving distance to the Sunshine Coast, Qld I would love to invite you to my upcoming workshop ‘Miss Serenity’ held at the Lulu Art studio. Not only will you learn to paint watercolour, but I hope you will learn the secret of painting for pure pleasure. You can find all the class information here.
Week 8 Challenge Prize:
Pamela has very generously donated one of her lovely paintings and will post it out to the winner. You are in for a real treat if you win this prize!
We will draw a random name on Friday 4th March from those who have uploaded into the Week 8 folder by that date. So you have two weeks to complete the challenge.
Entry is open to everyone who participates, no matter where in the world you are. It’s not a game of skill, you won’t be judged on your artwork. It will be a random draw.
Week 6 Prize Draw:
Now it’s time to draw a name from the photos loaded up into the Week 6 photo album. Today’s lucky winner is … Michelle Marsh. Congratulations Michelle. This is the page that Michelle created about Kindness.
It’s ok to skip a week and jump in wherever you can. Don’t feel pressured if life gets busy!
Don’t compare yourself to others. We’re all in different stages of our art journey. You’re an artist and you’re amazing no matter what level you’re at. Just have fun and keep going.
Please PM or email me if you have an urgent question as I’m more likely to see it. The facebook page moves so fast it’s so easy to miss comments.
Have fun, be happy and support one another!