Happy 2018!

View From my Studio Window

I want to wish you all a happy, creative, and productive new year!

As promised in my last post (sorry to be so long), here are some things I tell myself when working on a painting…………..

Donna’s Notes to Self While Working on a Painting 

• No judgements allowed – paint spontaneously and then respond.

• Only create work you love – pay no attention to what anyone else says of thinks.

• Who you are is found in what you love.

• Find and paint that thing that is your own.

• Explanation is the biggest obstacle to creative and personal painting.

• Creativity trumps accuracy.

• Make it ARTificial, not real.

• Don’t paint things, paint shapes, patterns, and relationships.

• Be willing (and even excited) to embrace the mistakes, missteps, and surprises that show up along the way.

• Every painting goes through an ugly adolescent stage – don’t worry, just keep going.

• A painting is always about the artist rather than the subject that inspired it.

             And, here’s one more thing I’m adding to my list in 2018…………

• Take more risks – make your paintings more controversial.

The inspiration for that last note came from a book I’ve been re-reading recently – Finding Your Personal Voice, by Dakota Mitchell – where the author recounts the advice a friend gave her that helped her move past her hesitancy to paint less realistically and more expressively: “I don’t think anyone taught Jackson Pollock to paint that way. I think you should be controversial.” I love that!

Happy Painting in 2018!

11 thoughts on “Happy 2018!

  1. robynfrance

    Thanks so much, Donna–and a big happy new year to you. These words are helpful and are the spur onward I could use.

  2. Joe Miller

    Great thoughts from a fabulous artist! May I use them and off course give you credit. Happy new year to you and all of your family.

    1. Donna Post author

      Hey Joe- thanks for your kind words. Happy New Years to you and your family back at you! Of course you can use my notes – I’d be honored! Hugs, Donna

  3. Margie Clarke

    Happy New Year, Donna! I’m posting your list on my bulletin board. Great advice…. Love your blog and your work!

  4. Sandy Troudt

    Your comments were a wonderful inspiration and review for the new year. I’ve passed them on to everyone in my art groups. I always look forward to you messages and hope to catch up with you someday for a workshop. Thanks for all you share and love your work.


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