I've picked the book up again to read as I'm feeling like I'm treading water sometimes with my paintings. I feel like I get stuck, bored, irritated and feel like I've got cotton wool in my head, and I stand back from the canvas and think, "You've got to be kidding...it looks like I did it at school 30 years ago!!"
She has a brilliant list of things for painting in a personal manner (that means in your own style and not what you think people expect of you):
- Paint flows freely from your brush in a relaxed manner
- The subject matter comes from your everyday life experiences
- Each painting grows from your previous work
- Each painting contains a measure of personal symbols
- You are sensitive and responsive to developments in your work
- You are willing to change preconceived plans when changes are offered
Julia Cameron, author of "The Artist's Way", takes this one step further and suggests asking the universe to provide, and if we remain receptive, we will be answered.
So with that all in mind, its Monday tomorrow, so I can paint to my hearts content ( I have to paint Sat-Tues cos I teach singing on Wed-Fri in the same room - gotta clear up the clutter).
I will go to the studio armed with Mary Todd Beam's list and see what happens :)
painting above: Sunset over the Estuary (c) 2007 Deborah Eileen Burrow