Workshop Gems

Recently I got an email from Peggy B., who took my workshop in North Carolina. Here’s what she wrote: “I attended your fabulous workshop at Kanuga last year.  I do not have words to describe how much I enjoyed it and how freeing it was.  I loved every minute.  During that week, you gave us several “gems” — words of encouragement.  I wrote them all on one sheet of notebook paper, and it has been on my refrigerator door (the best place for me to receive daily reminders) all this time…..”

Well, I was intrigued about what “gems” she had discovered in my workshop and asked her if would send them to me and if she would mind if I shared her list with you all on my blog. So, here it is – enjoy! And thanks, again Peggy!

DONNA’S GEMS:

     No judgments. Paint mindlessly and respond.

      Create work you love, then it doesn’t matter what others say.

       Who you are is found in what you love.

        IMAGINATION IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN KNOWLEDGE.

       YOU ARE CREATIVE.

        Every painting has an ADOLESCENT PHASE. Keep going!!

        BE WILLING.

        Go beyond describing. Create a personal interpretation.

         IGNORE DETAILS, DESCRIPTION. LOOK AT SHAPE, VALUE, COLOR, LINE, TEXTURE. 

         FIND THAT THING THAT IS YOUR OWN.

         Make it ARTificial! 

         A painting should be about the ARTIST, not the subject.

The color was mine, the text and emphasis was Peggy’s.

Happy Painting!