FINDING YOUR VOICE IN YOUR PAINTINGS FINDING YOUR VOICE IN YOUR PAINTINGSIn this month’s “Evenings on the Patio” we discuss how important it is to find your voice in your paintings and ways that you can be authentic so you and your paintings become recognizable. If you are not already a member of Inspired to Paint, please join for free and start watching two Free full length instructional videos that will inspire you to paint. Register for FreeWATCH ALL OUR FREE TUTORIALS By Elizabeth Robbins|2020-09-28T07:48:07-06:00September 28th, 2020|Evenings on the Patio, Free Tutorials|25 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterRedditLinkedInWhatsAppTumblrPinterestVkEmail About the Author: Elizabeth Robbins Painter of Pretty Pictures. Trying to help others be inspired to paint. 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Terry Preisner September 28, 2020 at 5:59 pmLog in to Reply Watched this at 3:30 in the morning. It really hit home. I’ve been struggling with finding my voice in my still life’s. Many good thoughts about my mother. Growing up in a house with antiques when my friends homes were mid century modern. My grandmother & aunt had these huge calendar’s with still life paintings on them that fascinated me. I’ll just keep painting and it will fall into place. Thank you Shanna Kunz September 29, 2020 at 4:37 pmLog in to Reply Thank you Terry! Doreen Horvath September 29, 2020 at 11:52 amLog in to Reply Oh my goodness girls….Thank you so much for this. I really needed this. Especially the part where you said…The moment you let go, you find your own authentic voice. My whole being just lightened up and freed my soul. I’m really into landscaping right now with our beautiful Canadian colors.. Out I go, off to find my own voice. Hugs.. Elizabeth Robbins September 29, 2020 at 12:31 pmLog in to Reply Thank you Doreen, we are so happy you found it helpful. Can’t wait to hear YOUR voice! Shanna Kunz September 29, 2020 at 4:37 pmLog in to Reply Thank you Doreen! We appreciate your kind remarks and we are so happy to help! Lind Wooding September 29, 2020 at 3:09 pmLog in to Reply Wow, this session was just what I needed. I’ve never been able to find my own voice, because as a child I just never measured up to my parents expectations. I’m trying to explore who I am and was really drawn to Inspired to Paint for that reason, and, because of you two very talented ladies! Thank you for explaining the copyright rules, as I was really confused by painting along with both of you. Not to be weird, or anything, but I love you both to pieces!! Now my insecure person will search harder for my own voice. Thank you both so much! I wish I was there with you! Keep safe you precious ladies! Elizabeth Robbins September 29, 2020 at 3:28 pmLog in to Reply Lind, We are so happy that this resonated with you. We all struggle with finding our own voice. This is us giving you a hug!!!! Shanna Kunz September 29, 2020 at 4:39 pmLog in to Reply Thank you Lind for writing! We just LOVE seeing you find your voice and sharing it with the world! Lind Wooding September 30, 2020 at 1:10 pmLog in to Reply Thank YOU! You’re (collectively) helping more than you know. And, I know, others too.Isn’t that what it’s all about, helping and being kind. Big cyber hugs! Donna Kallesser October 1, 2020 at 10:16 amLog in to Reply Wow……I felt as if I were sitting in a chair right next to you!! This discussion was just awesome and at just at the right time!! I’ve always struggled with self-doubt and wanting to paint exactly like someone whose work I admire……and being so frustrated that at times I’ve seriously thought about quitting. Finding my own voice is what I need to do!! Especially now that a tough year is behind me, and I have a “new lease on life”!! Thank you both for all your hard work!! Elizabeth Robbins October 1, 2020 at 10:31 amLog in to Reply We are so glad you like it Donna. We are struggle with this Shane Housley October 3, 2020 at 9:37 amLog in to Reply Really enjoyed this. This is as valuable as watching you paint personally. I have hardly done any personal inspired paintings since joining this course. That is mostly due to lack of time with school and work but I think for me I am focused on studying form and composition. I am constantly searching for what makes your paintings work and harmonize and feel like I am growing quickly as a painter. I was thinking about artists that I have been inspired by and how the ones I follow now are almost completely different. I think my style is still adolescent and I’m just absorbing information as it comes. My passion / connection is in nature and landscape. But I have really enjoyed still life. I enjoy photography as well and don’t care for figure photography but I’ve had the urge to explore figure painting. I think I’m just going to have to try it all haha. Elizabeth Robbins October 3, 2020 at 10:10 amLog in to Reply Thank you so much Shane. We have been so impressed with your work and the paintings from the course. I do plan on a portrait lesson soon Deanne Donoho October 6, 2020 at 10:40 amLog in to Reply I’m a little behind this month. Watching this as October lessons are coming out but I love listening to you both! I love the encouragement, knowledge and friendship you share. Thank you for another wonderful discussion. Elizabeth Robbins October 6, 2020 at 10:59 amLog in to Reply Glad you enjoyed it Deanne! Gary Bohannon October 28, 2020 at 8:54 amLog in to Reply As mentioned by other members, this is quite the timely discussion to sit in on. Thanks for posting this you guys. Maybe, just maybe, the hardest thing to do is, “Find your own voice” when it comes to art. It’s tough! I’ve been a musician my whole life and I’m self taught… sort of. There was this older kid that lived down my block and he was the great guitar player in the neighborhood. He’s the guy who taught us younger kids on my street how to play. And we all learned by ascribing to his method, which is a time honored one with rock and blues guitar players… we learned how to listen to records and copy what we heard. I learned how to play like BB King, Freddie King, Eric Clapton, et. al., by listening to their licks and then playing them myself. Over and over again… for hours a day until I could replicate ever single little nuance of their playing. My poor parents, haha! Fast forward to years later and I’m in a studio with a great band and we’ve just signed a record deal. We’re making our first record and the producer stops the recording halfway thru the 1st song we’re doing. “You sound like T-Bone Walker and BB King. That’s great, I don’t want T-Bone Walker or BB, I want… YOU. If I don’t hear you on this next take, pack your stuff and hit the road, I’ll get somebody else.” Nothing like a good healthy threat to make you find your find your voice… fast! By the end the next song, I was playing like me. It was a wonderful experience and REALLY scary. So, when it came to art, later in my life, I went at it the same way. I began reading about the painters I admired and learned that they made copies of artists they admired. So, I made copies. I still make them but now I realize it’s time to stop and get in tune with what I want to say, not what someone else had to say. I’ve always LOVED color, all my life. It’s what drew me to Liz’s painting long before ItP came about. I still love color, pure color, and I knew I had to learn to appreciate gray (it’s what makes color sing) but I didn’t know how to go about it. Then along came Shanna… viola! Now, thanks to Shanna, I’m learning all about gray. Now to find my voice. It’s in there, somewhere… I find it! In the meantime, if anyone sees my voice, tell it to come home, right now! Elizabeth Robbins November 21, 2020 at 2:27 pmLog in to Reply So glad you found art and found us! That makes us happy Elisabetta Curi November 21, 2020 at 2:24 pmLog in to Reply I enjoyed this so much! You really make me wanna come to live there close to you two… I was struggling to find a video that talk about this kind of things.. Shanna and Elizabeth, thank you, you must be beautiful person… Elizabeth Robbins November 21, 2020 at 2:26 pmLog in to Reply Thank you so much Elisabetta. We love living next door to each other. Everybody should have an Art Wife. LOL. We are so happy that you find this helpful Kimberly Egarian May 1, 2021 at 8:49 amLog in to Reply Love this talk! <3 Nice getting to know you both a little more! Cheryl Butler January 9, 2022 at 8:14 pmLog in to Reply So happy you two found each other. I love listening to your friendship and supporting each other. No jealousy or competition there. Refreshing! Thank you for keeping your prices affordable for us retired folks. I couldn’t do this any other way. I’ve learned so much in just a few short days. ❤️ Elizabeth Robbins January 9, 2022 at 8:21 pmLog in to Reply Thank you Cheryl. We are happy as well. God found a way. We are so glad you are finding the site helpful. we love to teach. Happy Paintng Leave A Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.