Journal

Doubting Your Creative Self

Growing up, my solace was my pencil and paper and locking myself in my room to create drawings that were an escape from my teenage world.  In that locked world of my room, there were no expectations put upon me by anyone or myself.  I doodled designs, I drew images from ‘Tiger Beat’ magazine, I […]

Bevvy of Brushes

For those that are new to painting, the number of paint brushes available on the market right now can be mind-boggling.  For more seasoned painters, we take our time checking out the brushes, feeling the weight of the handle, the bounce of the bristles and pondering if we really do need another brush.  Brushes can […]

Creative Process: The Art of Layering Paint

The layering of paint in my own creative process operates on two levels. Firstly, particularly in acrylics, it’s way of achieving depth and complexity of colour. Using both transparent and opaque layers, a lusciousness is reached that cannot be created unless the layers exist. Imagine, putting a pure cerulean blue on a plain white canvas; […]

Fodder and the Excess of Creative Thought

Staring a clean, white, new canvas, especially a particularly large one, is intimidating.  Where to begin? One of my favorite ways to begin is to take an incomplete painting or old painting that never quite made the cut and rebuild it.  Sometimes I just make a canvas very busy with colours and shapes and leave […]

Doubting Your Creative Self

Growing up, my solace was my pencil and paper and locking myself in my room to create drawings that were an escape from my teenage world.  In that locked world of my room, there were no expectations put upon me by anyone or myself.  I doodled designs, I drew images from ‘Tiger Beat’ magazine, I […]

Bevvy of Brushes

For those that are new to painting, the number of paint brushes available on the market right now can be mind-boggling.  For more seasoned painters, we take our time checking out the brushes, feeling the weight of the handle, the bounce of the bristles and pondering if we really do need another brush.  Brushes can […]
Michelle Miller layering

Creative Process: The Art of Layering Paint

The layering of paint in my own creative process operates on two levels. Firstly, particularly in acrylics, it’s way of achieving depth and complexity of colour. Using both transparent and opaque layers, a lusciousness is reached that cannot be created unless the layers exist. Imagine, putting a pure cerulean blue on a plain white canvas; […]
Fodder Abstract Painting by Michelle Miller

Fodder and the Excess of Creative Thought

Staring a clean, white, new canvas, especially a particularly large one, is intimidating.  Where to begin? One of my favorite ways to begin is to take an incomplete painting or old painting that never quite made the cut and rebuild it.  Sometimes I just make a canvas very busy with colours and shapes and leave […]
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