A Week Not to Repeat

The week that has past has been one of the hardest in my whole life. Not a week to repeat for sure!  I am hoping that in the future I can look back on this time and see how it has had a wonderfully positive effect on my art.

All I got to paint this week was the second “block painting” in my new series, so that is all I have to share.

Blessings to each one reading this and stay posted for my art journey!


Angel – Acrylic on board


10 out of 10 for Trying

“The fear of failure kills creativity and intelligence. The only thing it produces is conformity.”
Anup Kochhar

Trying new things is always scary!  The whole process gives me sweaty hands and anxiety, but it is the only way to grow better. Fail and learn, fail and learn!

This week I tried my hand at a painting a landscape again (I have done some before, but they always seemed to come out the same – very generic).

Some examples of my old landscapes:


Back to my Youtube tutor for tips.  This clip gave me some great advice on painting clouds.


So, this week’s attempt at a landscape was not great, but I tried and I learnt new techniques.  But, I think I will stick to my portraits for the next while.


Not the success I hoped for, but a good learning experience.


Earlier this week I did this portrait.


I really enjoyed painting this one.

Lastly, I was asked by a friend to do a series of smaller “block” style paintings to present to a gallery next month.

This is the first in the “small block” series I am doing.


New series (20cm x 20cm)

Stay posted for more of my art journey!


Art in the Eye of the Beholder

Art is truly a unique physiology – fascinating to me! Every person has a different view about art and can have very apposing ideas about the same art piece.

Interestingly enough I have seen this play out with my art too.  I will paint something and be very uncertain about it, sometimes even dislike it, but I will load it onto my various social media platforms and receive amazing reviews about the piece!

Today this happened again with a painting I posted as a gift for a friend on my deviantart profile.  I posted it for her as her favourite flower is an Iris.


I don’t hate this painting, but it is one of my very first ones and feels a bit amateurish to me.  But, low and behold, it received great reviews on my profile (even winning me a “Zesty Zebra” award).

Other times I post something that I am crazy about, passionate about and absolutely love – and nothing! No comments, no likes, nothing!

the wallflower

The wallflower

“The wallflower” is a great example of this.  I know this is not the best painting I have ever painted, but it is very special to me.  I put much thought, care and love into this piece plus it is a bit of a self-portrait too.

What have I learnt through this?  Don’t get caught up in other people’s opinions of your work.  It is great to hear encouraging words like: “great work”, “beautiful”, etc, but at the end of the day beauty is truly in the eye of the beholder.

Love the art you make! Love yourself and your unique creativity!  And ultimately that self-love with shine through in your work and touch others.



Playing the Part

Emotions confuse me.  Logic has always been my safe place.  If I can figure it out step by step – I know I can do it.  With painting, this natural flow of things does not help me at all!  When I feel upset, I can’t hide it in my paintings – it is just there – in the paint and in the brush strokes.  It makes me feel vulnerable, but I have come to realize that is what makes art Art.  The emotion behind the story, the movie, the painting, the song.

Maybe it is time to not try to subdue my emotions, but to embrace where they take me.

When I painted my newest painting, it made me feel happy, it made me feel calm.  And that is what I feel flows from this piece.


Flower girl

I promised that I would show you last week’s painting that I put some more work into.  And here it is.


The Mask

Painting Surfaces

Over the last few years, first painting as a hobbyist and lately as a minor art master (painting every day), I have tried many different surfaces to paint on.  At the moment my favourite is hardboard.  Why?  Well, I like to paint on a large scale and I find that the stretched canvases are just too soft and pliable. But, most importantly, I choose to paint on hardboard because it is cheaper and  it gives me the freedom to make mistakes and start over.  A few layers of white PVA covers anything!


This is one of my largest paintings done on canvas. (1.8m x 1m)

Most of my animal paintings were done on hardboard.

All my newest portraits are done on hardboard too.


What do other painters out there prefer, I wonder?



Inspiration and Disappointments

Looking back on the week I was shocked how many ups and downs one can experience as an artist and how this can influence one’s art. The week started with a rejection letter for an exhibition that I was very excited about possibly being a part of.  My world felt shattered for a few moments!  This started a chain reaction of miserable moments in my art.

Not one of my paintings wanted to “work” this week.  I was almost tempted to not post anything – just let the week slip by unnoticed.  But, then I realized that these times are also part of my art journey and need to be documented, like the YouTube clips on the lion that chases down the buck, but does not catch it.

So here are some of my horrible attempts – they will be no more, as I will be starting over.  They will be the secret paintings under other masterpieces that only my blog readers will know about!

Out of a week of miserable moments came magnificent moments of inspiration too! One of these inspiring moments came with attending my good friend, Ronel Bakker’s art exhibition. Her art lights a fire inside my soul!


Ronel tank

Ronel Bakker and her art.

Have a look at her exhibition photos here: Tank Gallery – Ronel Bakker exhibition

One of the wonderful benefits of being passionate about something is that you touch other people’s lives without even intending to.  That is why I always encourage everyone to follow their passions.  That is why I write this blog.  Spending time doing art every day has inspired my youngest daughter’s creativity.  She spends many hours in my little studio with me, painting alongside me.  I love it!  Her work touches me as it is free and beautiful!

Sharon angelgirl

“Angel girl” a work in progress.


Stay posted for more about my journey!