Using gestural drawing techniques to draw faces

I’ve recently been doing quick gestural drawings of whimsical faces using my non-dominant hand in my sketchbook. They’re an easy way to warm up before your painting session. And drawing with your non-dominant hand gives these portraits a raw, expressive feeling that’s almost impossible to mimic when you use your dominant hand.

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Visibility and the artist: Are you afraid to share your art?

Fear of not being good enough

In today’s episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about the fear of visibility, specifically the fear of sharing your artwork – or any creative work – freely. I share some tips and ideas to help you overcome this fear and awkwardness, and share some insights from my own art journey. You’ll find a written transcript of the podcast + detailed shownotes below.

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The power of visual language

The power of visual language

In today’s episode of the Art with Soul podcast, we talk about language – visual language, written language…words and images and how they are related, or rather, how I think we relate to them. We also discuss the intersection between a creative arts practice and a contemplative writing practice as a tool for self-development, growth, and healing. You’ll find a written transcript + detailed shownotes below.

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Creative cycles: Understanding artist block and how to overcome it

What is an artist block and how to overcome artists block

“Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.”
– Stephen King

In today’s episode, we’ll talk about creative cycles and how to deal with a lack of creative mojo. I share experiences from my most recent artist block, discuss some of the reasons why we get blocked, and give you some of my top tips and suggestions for how to break out of an artist’s block. You’ll also find the shownotes + highlights from the episode below.

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How to create a regular art – or creative – practice

How to create a regular art or creative practice

In this episode, I talk about why you should consider building a daily art practice. I share some of my previous failures with creating a daily art practice, and how those failures helped me find what works for me. I also share some tips on how you can create a daily art practice that is fun – and inspiring – for you!

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On my art table: The Mazaar

What influences your painting process?

For me, it’s often the music that I choose to listen to while I paint. Happy, upbeat music, for example, lends itself very well to fun mark making. Hand pans help me get into a more happy, floaty, flow-like painting state.

Needless to say, I’m always experimenting with the music that I listen to while I paint.

When I started this particular painting, I was listening to a Coke Studio playlist on Spotify. When Bismillah by Salim – Sulaiman, featuring Kailash Kher and Munawar Masoom came on, it captivated me and inspired the piece I was working on.

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The Art with Soul Podcast: My Artist’s Journey

My artist's journey and what you can learn from my mistakes, The Art with soul podcast

As a self-taught artist, I know the many pitfalls and perils of navigating the wondrous and many layered art world while trying to find your bearing. In this episode, I share my artist’s journey, including an over decade-long break from art because I thought I wasn’t good enough.

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The Art with Soul Podcast: Introduction

Art with Soul podcast introduction

Welcome to the Art with Soul podcast!

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In this episode, I introduce myself and the idea for this podcast series, and touch upon the many ideas I plan to explore in these podcasts.

For this first season, podcasts will release on the 1st and 15th of each month, with the first episode releasing on 1 August 2020.

Won’t you join me on this journey?

You can currently subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, or Radio Public.

On being compared to Frida Kahlo

On being compared to Frida Kahlo

I’ve just unwrapped one of the large canvasses I bought at the start of this year and put it up on the easel. A vast 28×28 inch sea of blank canvas faces me. And as always, staring that huge expanse down is a little bit scary.

Does that fear ever go away, I wonder?

I think not. Because painting is no longer just a hobby, something I do to fill the hours or just for fun. It’s much more than that. Much deeper.

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