This week I signed up for Alena Hennessy’s “A Year Of Painting” e-course (affiliate link) – the picture above is my first assignment.
I had originally intended to enroll on Flora Bowley’s “Bloom True” e-course (affiliate link), but I was a little daunted by the prospect of 5 weeks of daily e-mails, and only having 6 months access to the materials. (Update: the e-course is now available as a self-paced course, so I’ve signed up!!) (Update #2: from Autumn 2016 you get lifetime access to Flora Bowley’s course – even better!)
As I looked through the details of Flora’s course, I discovered that she would be interviewing other artists she likes – and Alena Hennessy was one of them. So I took a peek at Alena’s website and discovered that she runs a year-long course. Perfect!
As I’ve already signed up for “A Year Of Creating Time Capsules” with Xanthe Berkeley, A Year Of Painting will be a perfect accompaniment – I’d even like to make some videos of my painting process, once I feel a little more confident.
Talking of which… When I was painting the picture above, I had no idea where it was going – I didn’t even have the phrase in mind at first – I was simply slapping paint on the paper. Then I reached a point where I felt “I am never going to get the hang of this” – and I felt like giving up.
That was probably because of an exercise I did last summer, from Flora Bowley’s book “Brave Intuitive Painting” – the end result of which was hideous!
That picture has been hanging on my wall ever since, taunting me and daring me to try to fix it – which, of course, I haven’t.
So when I got stuck on my first painting on Alena’s course, I thought: “here we go again.” But this time I managed to work through it. I simply kept painting – which is where the phrase “Embrace Fear” came from.
I’m actually quite pleased with the results. OK, so it might not win any awards, but I like the colours, and it makes me feel happy, to look at it. 🙂
I have no doubt that I’ll get “stuck” again on subsequent painting assignments – but at least now I know what it feels like on the other side.