I've often been asked for advice on loosening up and painting more intuitively...these are ten things I like to practice:
1. work standing at an easel or wall as that can help your body to loosen up instead of being seated at a table.
2. turn your canvas upside down - a new perspective is always refreshing.
3. work large so that you have to use your entire arm including your shoulder and not just your hand and wrist.
4. paint (or draw) with your non-dominant hand.
5. put on some inspiring music, maybe try something different than what you would typically listen to.
6. treat the work like play, don't plan to create a 'finished' piece as that can help take the pressure off.
7. draw quick loose sketches to get the right side of your brain working as it's the creative side that you want working for you, not necessarily the logical side.
8. close your eyes for a little while as you work - a few 'errors' can sometimes be just what the painting needs to pop.
9. sketching every day helps teach hand/eye coordination so that when you work you can trust your body to be more involved in the process plus it is excellent to get those creativite juices flowing.
10. finally, I tend to spend a lot of time with a cup of tea just looking at the work in progress instead of pushing myself and it - I find that I get creative ideas just doing this (perhaps by adding another color or seeing an image I missed before) and I realize that loose brush strokes and marks add so much interest which helps me trust in the process.
I'm still in vacation mode but that's about to change...in a week both my girls will be back to school - one nearby and the other far away - all my guests for the summer will have gone, I have an exhibit to finish preparing for, and I've been selected to paint a local utility box, hopefully the first of many by numerous artists. I'm a little nervous but really very, very excited to work on a public art project in my community. Public art has been a long time coming here and I really feel honored to be able to contribute. I'm especially looking forward to the first day I begin work on this project as I love dripping paint, layering and making marks. So, keep your fingers crossed for me, that the weather stays warm and dry and that I stay true to my vision. And,
photo by Kristy Reimer / AirdrieLife Magazine
The paintings of Veronica Funk
August 21 – November 5, 2012
Veronica Funk was born on June 25, 1966 in Winnipeg and raised in Leaf Rapids, northern Manitoba. In elementary school she began to draw, was taught the basics of cartooning by ‘For Better or Worse’ creator Lynn Johnston and learned aboriginal arts such as weaving and beading. A move to Alberta in senior high school offered the chance to formally study visual art, fashion design and drafting as well as the opportunity to design the logos for the 1986 Alberta Winter Games.
She studied Art & Design at Red Deer College in Alberta, apprenticed with potters, stone sculptors and painters in Manitoba and spent a year painting on a farm in Saskatchewan. She is an active member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and currently resides near the Rocky Mountains in Airdrie, Alberta. She has been painting professionally since 1999 with exhibits across Canada and the United States and her work is found in private and corporate collections around the world.
Her goal is to create a sanctuary, a quiet place of contemplation, an offer of an inviting place to be still. There is joy to be had in life’s everyday comforts; there is beauty in simplicity. Her paintings and writing have been recognized in books such as The Pulse of Mixed Media, International Contemporary Artists, The Best of Worldwide Watermedia
Artists, and more recently in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine with an upcoming article to be published in the September issue. Veronica’s studio will be featured in the winter issue of STUDIOS magazine.