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…

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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Poppies

Poppies

Ooooooh so MASSIVE resistance to putting this one up 😱 Sometimes things don’t go as we expect them to, our expectations of the outcome outweighing what we achieve. In everything, there is a lesson. I could have chosen not to post this painting, but it is also a part...

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March Hare

March Hare

Are you getting in your own way of progress? When I started my painting journey, I had no confidence in my ability. At school, I had been told I would never be good at art, so I had never really tried to express my creativity in this way. Each week when we are...

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Snow Cat

Snow Cat

If you've been following my painting journey, here is another one for you... What struck me with this one is the resistance I had to paint something I perceived as difficult... and what I let go of to give it a go anyway! We are often all too quick to dismiss...

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Lavender Fields

Lavender Fields

Last week I shared my painting of a Swan, as an example that it is never too late to try something if you have the courage to give it a go. In a conversation today, I was reminded how vulnerability and being prepared to be vulnerable is actually a GOOD thing, as it...

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Swan Reflections

Swan Reflections

I didn't do art at school... I never thought I was good enough. I've always been fascinated with different artists though, especially van Gogh, Monet, Picasso and Munch. I recently signed up for some online art classes and have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. The...

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