Paint Like No One Is Watching

Wild Wind Pink Peonies
Wild Wind Peonies, 20X20, oil, information


Wild Wind Pink Peonies was painted to make a point. Push color to its limits. Put in something unexpected, like purple. Shake it up a little. Let your brush cut loose. Paint like no one is watching, no one is judging, and it’s just you and your favorite friend in a room with tons of colorful paint, brushes, and canvases in stacks up to the ceiling. Paint like there is no critique session. Paint like there is no ribbon about to be awarded or gallery about to send you a letter with a Yes stamp or No stamp on it. Paint for you. Because in the end, it’s really why you picked up that brush in the first place. To express something inside of you, that was uniquely, personally and beautifully – you.

The real measure of whether it is a good or a bad painting is just one thing ~ Does it make your heart sing?


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Nancy Medina

Nancy is a master signature artist and instructor with over 1800 online students from around the world. She has worked with Disney, served on the art faculty of the Dallas Arboretum, and teaches workshops in France, Italy and across the US. More about Nancy

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  1. I love your blog about the critical person. You are right and without encouragement where would we all be, including that person. Nancy you are the super encourager and delightful teacher. Encouragement gives us that push we all need to be better.

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