Saturday, August 16, 2014

Cherry Jubilee Daisies and Painting From a Place of Joy - Flower Paintings by Nancy Medina

Cherry Jubilee Daisies
by Nancy Medina

Class Demonstration
Oil on Archival Panel

My new DVD

Cherry Jubilee Daisies was my class demonstration this morning in my North Texas workshop. Every student in class stretched their wings and created daisies in their own style, such is the fruit of painting from life rather than photographs or patterns. The most direct path to your own style will come when you transition away from painting from photographs, and graduate to painting from life. But there is another element to consider, and that is your frame of mind when you approach that blank canvas with your brush in hand. So often it is our own thoughts we have to conquer before we are ready to really cut loose with color.

Stop painting from a place of fear and conformism. Paint from a place of joy. Paint like there is no tomorrow. Pile the color ridiculously high on your palette and scoop unfathomable quantities onto your brush. Place color with wild abandon onto the blank canvas. You get to carve out your own voice, you get to create your own style. Enjoy the color, just as nature uses it, in pure, eye catching power. And yes indeed, this is a metaphor for life!

Rama's dancing daisies!

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