by Cheryl Wilson, Allurence-Art Galleries
“To be an artist is to believe in life” Henry Moore
I find a blank white canvas one of the most exciting things to face. But, that was not always the case. I remember when I would sit and look at my canvas with on idea of where to start. Where was my inspiration, what color do I use, should I do some texture? These are all the thoughts I experienced and I am sure at times you do to.
So, how do you get over that fear, that wall that stops you from taking your brush and creating?
Often people ask me about inspiration and I have blogged about that, but this hesitation is not really from a lack of inspiration, it is the insecurity of understanding your inner self and how to just let go and create. I wanted to talk in the next couple of blogs about ideas to turn your blank canvas into a masterpiece.
Ok, you have your white canvas, your brushes all ready, a handful of paint and a nice cup of green tea. What do you do next? I have some suggestions.
In this blog, I want to talk about the freedom of creating without a plan. Try to create without having an “End Game” in mind. Some of my best art was done when I just started putting paint on the canvas with no thought of where the painting was going. I created freely and just added color to see where I would end up. If the canvas (and yes, this happened to me) ended up mud, that is ok. Many times this mud is a great underpainting for the next try. Let that paint dry and start over. This time perhaps add some Texture Gel or Glass Beads medium to your canvas to add depth. While your paint is wet, scrap tools (whatever tools you might have in your house) through your layers of wet paint, and let it dry. I have used spatulas, forks, combs, etc. Continue adding color and texture until you feel like you have a design you like. Experimenting creates such incredible results that no one else out there will have in their art. I have added metal, sand, shells, splatter, and all sorts of spur of the moment designs.
In this art, I started with an underpainting of yellow ochre and orange. I added modeling paste and gloss medium to bring some depth to the art. I wanted some balance and added ink drips, spray paint with a stencil and repeated this process until I was happy with the results. If I had left the painting with the first flat under painting, it I would have missed the incredible texture. By adding some areas more texture than others this creates balance to the art. I did not have any idea where my end was going to be I just created as the paint took to the canvas.
Knowing when to stop takes practice. One of the mistakes many make is over doing the art. What is important is to NOT be afraid of adding paint and texture.
I hope this blog has helped you create. Send me am email of your creations.
"Myo͞oziNGs" by Cheryl Wilson
Cheryl Wilson, artist
"My world without art is just "eh"