Summer, Morning Storm

Summer, Morning Storm

“Summer, Morning Storm”, oil, 7 x 5”, © Mary Bentz Gilkerson

Summer Morning Storm

5 x 7″

Oil on panel

A sudden heavy burst of rain moves across the summer hay fields…

$325.00 (unframed) + $15.00 shipping

 

Reclaiming Your Inner Game as an Artist

Reclaiming Your Inner Game as an Artist

A strong creative mindset is central for any creative to thrive. But challenging times can get in the way of focus and shatter our mindset, our inner game.

That inner game is your inner studio space, a mental/emotional one. Lots of people get all hung up on the outer one, the physical studio space. Don’t let that get in your way! The mental/emotional space is so much more important.

How to cultivate that inner space no matter what’s going on in the world? In today’s video I go over 7 steps you can take to reclaim your inner game of painting.

Then let me know in the comments what’s helping you move forward in your painting. And what’s holding you back.

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Finding Inspiration in the Ordinary

Finding Inspiration in the Ordinary

The world looks very different right now from just a few months ago, even just month ago. 

I’m hearing from a lot of the members of my community, ART+WORK+LIVING, that they’ve lost their drive. They can’t paint.

That feeling of being knocked off kilter can come from not having your regular space to work in, your regular coworkers, the things that normally inspire you.

But now is not the time to stay stuck.

Now is the time to move your feet, and to raise your hand and paint.

Because painting matters.

Your art matters.

And people need to see it.

And in the practice of painting, you can create the new habits, the new routines that will bring you back to a sense of being grounded.
One of the best ways I know of to find that deep sense of connection is through observation of the immediate world around you.
 
Cultivate deep seeing and close observation creates that connection, even in the most ordinary of spaces.
 
In fact, that’s where the magic lies.
Look for the extraordinary in the ordinary.
 
Look for the beauty in the everyday.
And when you help other people see the beauty that already exists in their own world, you help them find their feet, their ground and their center again.
 
So don’t wait to find the perfect subject. There’s no such thing. Just paint.
Get started with the world right in front of you. 
 
Today’s video gives you three ways to get started in finding the extraordinary in the ordinary. Let me know which works for you.
How can you make the most ordinary object look interesting?
  1. Zoom in on an ordinary object so that it fills your picture plane.
  2. Change your normal point of view. Instead of working from eye level, use worm’s eye or bird’s eye level.
  3. Use light, natural light, to make something commonplace wonderfully interesting.

What are some of the things you do to find the beauty in the ordinary?

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THE ART+WORK+LIVING “PAINT ON!” CHALLENGE

THE ART+WORK+LIVING “PAINT ON!” CHALLENGE

THE CHALLENGE CONTINUES!

I’ve had lots of emails from folks wondering what to do now that the 5 Day Painting Challenge is over. So we’ve decided to PAINT ON!

I want to encourage everyone to use their creativity to help ground ourselves. We can use painting or drawing (or any other creative pursuit) to channel our concerns. We can paint our way through it.

Subjects are completely open, from abstract to representation, photo or life. Any medium is welcome. There are no other rules. The goal is simply to paint on. You can share your art in the free ART+WORK+LIVING Facebook group, or just on your own social media profiles. Remember to use the hashtag #ArtWorkLivingChallenge so we can find each other’s posts.

We can paint out way through! PAINT ON!!

Join my free ART+WORK+LIVING facebook group and get involved in our community of artists of all mediums, styles, and stages. This space provides a reflective and supportive space for all artists, including you! 

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