I have been participating in Louise Fletcher's Find Your Joy for 5 weeks now. She is an artist who has herself rediscovered her love of painting and totally re-invented herself in the last few years. Not only that, but she loves to teach others how to achieve what they want to, but in no way does she advocate trying to paint like her. It is all about painting how you want to paint, whether that is abstract, figurative, portraits, landscape, still life, black and white or brightly coloured.
My paintings never quite do what I set out to do. They were never quite loose enough, or abstract enough. I set out to paint an abstract poppy field and it ends uploading like a Monet painting. Nothing wrong with that of course, but not what I set out achieve. One of the first tasks on the course was to find artists that we admire, and think about what it is that attracts us to that painting. I have discovered many contemporary artists that I admire while doing this task.
I have rediscovered something I use to do when painting watercolours, what our leader used to call spontaneous painting: covering the paper with paint in a randomish way and the finding the image created. Magic.