Those who know their own lifestyle never get bored

Dali Lama once said, that successful meditation did not require anything special.

The place did not matter.

The equipment was irrelevant.

Whether one was to find a quiet space was not of concern.

All that was required for effective meditation, he said, was the willingness to take a few moments to focus as best you could on the task.

I’d say, that these words are perfectly suitable to painting.

Of course, beautiful surroundings and comfortable studio could be very helpful, but what is really important is to take time, concentrate on your art and practice.

Don’t be focused on perfection, work for progress in small daily steps. Breath, smile and enjoy!

Painting is a kind of meditation 😊🎨🧘🏻‍♀️❤️

Warmly,

  • Anna G.
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  • Be an Amateur!

    “That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to be anything else.”

    – Charlie Chaplin

    We’re all terrified of being revealed as amateurs, but in fact, today it is the amateur—the enthusiast who pursues her work in the spirit of love (in French, the word means “lover”), regardless of the potential for fame, money, or career—who often has the advantage over the professional.

    Because they have little to lose, amateurs are willing to try anything and share the results. They take chances, experiment, and follow their whims. Sometimes, in the process of doing things in an unprofessional way, they make new discoveries.

    “In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities,” said Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. “In the expert’s mind, there are few.”

    Amateurs are not afraid to make mistakes or look ridiculous in public. They’re in love, so they don’t hesitate to do work that others think of as silly or just plain stupid.

    The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. Amateurs know that contributing something is better than contributing nothing.

    Inspired by “Show your Work!” Book by Austin Kleon

    Interesting Dry Brush Details on John Singer Sargent’s Watercolors

    John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) worked in watercolor throughout his career, but it wasn’t until he was in his forties, already famous painter, that his interests in the medium accelerated.

    Exploring here the use of Dry Brush technique to express almost any subject on paper.

    The term dry brush is actually a misnomer, as the paint on the brush is really damp.

    With dry brush you use just a small amount of paint on the brush, working on dry or damp textured paper and dragging the brush across it to create broken areas of color or interesting textural brushstrokes.

    By holding the handle low so that it is almost parallel to the paper, you will achieve the best results.

    The technique is especially good for painting things like the bark of a tree, a course beard, hair, water and so on….

    Here some great examples from Sargent’s masterful watercolors.

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    Venice: Under the Rialto Bridge – 1909 / Water
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    Simplon Pass: Avalanche Track – about 1909-11/ rock retails
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    Bedouins – 1905-6 / head scarves (kaffiyeh)
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    The Garden Wall – 1910 / The texture of the wall
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    The Garden Wall – 1910 / Textured description
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    Simplon Pass: the tease – about 1911 / the lawn’s suggestion
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    Simplon Pass: the green parasol – about 1911
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    Fabric details
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    Greenery details

    Artistic Inspiration – Mary Whyte

    There is no “right” technique or style to painting people. The way I paint is only One way.

    With earnest effort and hard work, you will find Your way.

    Painting Portraits is a special breed of art. It requires sound drawing skills and general understanding of human anatomy and how it works.

    Nonetheless, it is not enough to be a portrait painter. First and Foremost you must be an Artist, a maker of images that appeal to the Senses.

    – Mary Whyte