Get out of your comfort zone and reap the rewards

An acrylic painting of a sea view with wild flora

Paint what you love!

Earlier this year I did a demonstration for my local art group, Carshalton and Wallington Art Group. It had been booked several months in advance when I was particularly busy. I put it to the back of my mind, but then as the date approached, it loomed!

I have never been particularly good at English comprehension and I had in my head I was running a workshop. This would be fine. I thought of several techniques I could share. I was used to running workshops and as long as I planned, it would go well.

However, it was not a workshop I was pencilled in to do. It was a two-hour demonstration and talk about my working methods!

I must admit this stressed me out! I would not say I had a particular ‘go to’ style, and if I did, it was not necessarily one I wanted to share. What was I going to do?

I don’t like to let people down, so I chose some photos of favourite scenes I like to paint . Inspiration came from photos from my holidays in North Norfolk and Northumbria. Both scenes had my favourite thing I love to paint; wild flora in the foreground. I demonstrated to the group using a loose acrylic style. I would even go as far as saying, I actually enjoyed it!

After sharing my pictures on social media, one of my buyers said how much she liked the two paintings in this loose style. So, after Bath Art Fair, I needed to let my hair down and do some loose paintings and did three larger-scale pictures. I showed them to my buyer and she bought all three! With this extra money, I was able to buy new canvasses to paint three more which I will be taking to my next fairs in Sussex. I hope to get the chance to do more for Open Studios which are in June.

So, the moral to this story is, however uncomfortable it is to do put yourself out there, try doing it as you are better at it than you think and you will be rewarded for it.


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