Making of Visiting Other Realms

Visiting Other Realms Original Painting

As alluded to in an earlier post, I’ve been teaching abstract art. In fact, the making of VISITING OTHER REALMS is a collaborative piece that one of my students and I painted together.

Visiting Other Realms Square Abstract Art
Acrylic on gallery wrapped stretched canvas. Measures 36″ x 36″ x 1.5″ (91x91cm). Collaborative piece by Deb Breton & Andrea Diric

Life is for Learning

Andrea came to the studio not knowing a lot about drawing, or painting. She once said that the only time she did draw in school, she was MADE to draw and it didn’t leave a good impression on her. In spite of this, she came with a willingness to learn and a determination that was refreshing. I believe we all have gifts to share and that we can all paint. As long as you can get a solid foundation of some color theory and composition, then you don’t need to know how to draw a straight line –  that’s what rulers are for! If however you paint and end up making muddy colors, maybe a class is for you…

Be Bold

One of the first things we work on is getting used to putting paint down on the canvas. Many times we approach a white canvas and freeze. When Andrea first came here she brought a couple of her paintings and I could see that she was reluctant to really apply the paint. Even when we took class she would use paint sparingly. While there is nothing wrong with that, I do feel that sometimes people benefit from having “permission” to throw the paint down and just “have at it”, it’s very liberating!

Visiting Other Realms Square Abstract Art
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Quick Study

It didn’t take Andrea very long.  She took classes every week for a couple of months and painted in between then, so she REALLY picked it up fast. By the time it came to make Visiting Other Realms, she was ready to tackle a big piece with gusto – AND SHE DID. Gone were the intimidating strokes and in their place were bold beautiful brush work. She did a great job and I really enjoyed creating this painting with her! Keep an eye on Andrea, she’s bound for great things!

This painting available here.

Visiting Other Realms Square Abstract Art
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Visiting Other Realms Square Abstract Art
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Clear away some space so that we may become our own authentic selves.

Sometimes we just have to tackle our fears, erase the old tapes playing in our head and liberate ourselves. Try something new, something different, something that pleases our spirit.

Here’s to the artist in every one of us. Fly your freak flag. And if anyone tells you – “you can’t” – RUN, run away. You don’t need anyone telling you what you can, or cannot do. JUST DO IT!

To thine own self be true.

Shine on you crazy diamond!!

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This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. maryellenwall

    I fly my Freak Flag high! Painting, sewing, jewelry, writing…let it out and watch it fly!

    1. Deb

      YES!!!! You go girl!!!! You have so many talents – LOVE IT!!!

    1. Deb

      Thanks Rosie!

  2. Andrea’s painting has a lot of your style yet, but she will certainly find her own way through it. I’m very happy for every single person who goes to art and creativity, I mean, creator versus consumer. Creators are what we need more as opposed to consumeristic world.
    That’s the way to be, you look so happy on picture!

    1. Deb

      Well, admittedly there’s more of ‘my influence’ in this piece, but it certainly was a combined effort AND we had FUN!

  3. Otto von Münchow

    I agree with you, life is all about learning. And be creative. What you and your student have created together is simply fantastic. As to your approach, I really like the idea of just putting paint down on the canvas. I am sure it can be applied to many other art forms, too. I wish a happy holiday season, Deb.

    1. Deb

      The world would be a better place if the emphasis was more about creating! Thank you and Happy Holidays, wishing you a healthy and prosperous 2019 Otto.

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