The Accidental Artist

The way we think and the patterns and beliefs we have adopted throughout our lives and hold to be true have more of an impact on the outcomes we achieve than we might think.

In essence… our mindset matters!

From the moment when we first recognise our thoughts and behaviours for what they are, we can then start the process of understanding why they might not be serving us, and we can learn strategies and techniques which will help us move forwards.

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.”

C.S.Lewis, Author

By working on your mindset, improving your understanding of your self and what makes you tick, will enable you to move forwards in all areas of your life.

This section explores these core principles around mindset and beliefs, how they can show up, and some of the ways you can use them to your advantage…

Tiger, Tiger

Tiger, Tiger

Can you help? This week I’m looking for some help in naming Tiger. He has character. He has a personality. He deserves a name. One of the things I have learned through the last few months is that I have been putting part of my personality into my paintings. Some see...

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River Adventure

River Adventure

This weeks painting is heading towards Impressionism. I was looking to reduce the detail I’ve used in previous paintings, whilst allowing the mind of the person viewing the painting to fill in the detail for themselves. This has been quite difficult for me to get my...

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Pop Goes The Beatles

Pop Goes The Beatles

The painting lessons are on a break for a few weeks, so I’ve gone a bit ‘off-piste’ stretching my comfort zone again this week with a go-it-alone painting. I’ve always been fascinated with the pop art world of Andy Warhol, where artistic expression meets advertising...

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Smoking Man

Smoking Man

Still on the theme of portraits, today’s painting is of a young man smoking a pipe. This was also a study just using black and white acrylic paint and improving on techniques we have used in previous lessons. We learn and improve through a mixture of repetition and...

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Inquisitive Horse

Inquisitive Horse

This weeks painting is my first portrait of a horse. I’ve always had a love for all animals, and my appreciation of their beauty has grown because of my painting journey. I’m more aware of the details in their shapes and features than I used to be now that I’m looking...

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Two Tone Man

Two Tone Man

Today’s painting is a study in tones using just 2 colours and a pen. It’s interesting how your perspective changes when you only have limited resources to work. Pay more attention to the lighting, to the shade, to the textures, and you find workarounds to create an...

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40 Shades of Grey

40 Shades of Grey

This week's painting is another portrait, this time in black, white and greys, focused on creating detail through the use of shadows of varying intensities. Every reference picture I have looked at before starting to paint has given me something to think about as the...

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Miss Tones

Miss Tones

My second portrait was a study in the abstract, using darker colours to represent different levels of shadow.   It's a great metaphor for life.   Sometimes we look at things in a certain way... the way we are used to seeing them, the way we always have. Yet taking a...

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Meet Bob Marley

Meet Bob Marley

Are you constantly looking to improve? We get better at things by practising, tweaking, improving every time we do something. This has been true of my painting journey since I started - the complete fear I felt initially, never having picked up a paintbrush (other...

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Barrow Bridge

Barrow Bridge

Do you look at alternatives? As my father used to say “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!” But there is another one “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got!” Personal growth comes from expanding your comfort zone, so it’s very...

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