I started a garden recently in a large barren area. The tiny plants looked pathetic in this stretch of drab dirt, but they grew, and new things started to happen. Seeds drifted in the air and new habitats thrived in the shade of taller plants. I could have never planned how lush and vibrant it became! This magical process relates so beautifully to art-making.
The idea of growing your art rather than planning it takes so much pressure off. It’s a process of allowing the painting to take on a life of its own. Think about cultivating a regular practice over time and growing into your art with all that turns up. What shows up may surprise you!
What happens when you approach your art without a plan? Let me know in the comments.
In this week’s Art2Life Podcast I have an amazing conversation with artist Josh Goldberg, whose work is so fresh, that he appears to have no plan! He has so many cool things to say on this subject. I hope you’ll join us!
Have a blast making art today!
PS The ONLINE 2022 ART2LIFE INTERNATIONAL JURIED ART EXHIBITION is now open for submissions! This exhibition is a wonderful opportunity for your work to be seen by prominent gallery owner, Jack Fischer, our curator and juror for this exhibition. Also, we have created a new Art2Life online gallery and will be promoting the work chosen to our large social media following!
To see the eligibility and guidelines, a list of answers to frequently asked questions, and to enter the online exhibition, please CLICK HERE. I can’t wait to see all of the submissions!
Photo: Markus Spiske
the founder of Art2Life.
With over 20 years experience as a working artist and educator, I’ve developed a systematic approach that brings authenticity, spontaneity and joy back into the creative process.