Finding your Creative Place

I hope this finds you well during this unsettling and strange time. May 2020 is not how I envisaged – I have a certain big birthday at the end of this month and had several gatherings of friends and family planned, meals in lovely restaurants to look forward to plus a trip to the Outer Hebrides booked. The latter may still happen, I am hoping. I have paintings locked behind the doors of galleries and museums but also a solo exhibition to aim for in September, which I am also hoping, will happen.

Golden Shores by Fiona Carvell.
Golden Shores

In the grand scheme of things, I have much to be thankful for. I have my family with me (although this does also have it’s drawbacks at times!) and to date, we are all healthy and managing our restricted lives without too much difficulty. There are good days and not so good days. Watching the news does not always help!

I have found creating artwork very beneficial in terms of keeping me focused and calm, when there is much to be anxious about. Indeed, the benefits to mental health of creating art have long been known to Artists and more recently, being proven by more scientific studies. The process of drawing and painting- in any medium – engages parts of your brain that enables a more meditative, focused state. To really ‘loose yourself’ in creating artwork can often result in a loss of sense of time passing, even of blocking out sound as the creator grapples with the challenges of shape, colour, tone, light and emotion. There’s a lot going on! I think of this state as being in my ‘Creative Place’. You might recognise it.

I find when teaching and demonstrating however, I only have 1 foot in the door of my Creative Place. The other is very much thinking of how to explain and structure the process to others – sometimes in multiple or alternative ways. The brain is occupied with speaking almost constantly and sometimes I am drawing sideways so that a room full of people can see what I am doing. So I have to leave the door open to my Creative Place – I can’t shut it and be absorbed. Sometimes I can’t go in there at all for weeks. Being in there can be a wonderful release and other times, quite agonising but I have realised my artwork is such a fundamental part of my identity, that to neglect this creativity will lead to unhappiness.

Hence I strive to strike a balance between teaching and painting. I enjoy helping others find their way of working and recognise this as part of my creative practice. Finding my way into online teaching has been both challenging and exciting. It has also brought some surprising realisations. As I am able to break demonstrations down into smaller chunks, I can actually spend longer on a demo than I would in a ‘real life’ workshop. This means the demo is more detailed and I am possibly more relaxed as I know I can convey everything I want to and everyone can clearly see what I am doing without me having to draw sideways!
This also means I am probably a little more into my Creative Place too. Although I never quite shut the door entirely…

Golden Morning by Fiona Carvell.
Golden Morning

You can see more of Fiona’s work and access her online pastel teaching at www.fionacarvell.com

A close up of pastel work on paper.

Let’s talk about Pastel Paper

Paper is a fantastic medium to work on soft pastels, but selecting the one that’s perfect for you can be a challenge, as there’s plenty to choose from. Whether you choose your paper from availability, price or quality, whether you are an amateur or a professional, it boils down to what works best for you.

Artistic Talent – Nurture vs Nature?

Whether we are born with an innate artistic talent, or, whether it is learned, is an age-old multifaceted debate that is fascinating, complex and compelling. I am sure most artists have considered it at some point or have an opinion on this theory.

NEW Contrast 8 Soft Pastel Set

A handy set of 8 Unison Colour Soft pastels that enables you never to be without those key light and darks such as Grey 28 and CB1.

A Kitchen Tool and Pastels?

Over the years, I have learned that there are infinite ways in which pastels can be manipulated as a drawing and painting medium.  Examples range

Natural Earths

I liked the idea of the natural earth pigments because they are made of earth. I imagine that humans have been using these same colours for thousands of years.

Robert Dutton Soft Pastel and Book Giveaway

Following the recent launch of Associate Artist Robert Dutton’s book, Drawing Dramatic Landscapes, we’re giving away 3 of Robert’s Moorland 36 Soft Pastel Sets, and 5 copies of his book.

If you enjoyed reading this…

Please consider subscribing to our mailing list to receive updates about our Associate Artists, and any other Unison Colour news, and exclusive offers.

Use the buttons below to help spread the word.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Blog Posts

A close up of pastel work on paper.

Let’s talk about Pastel Paper

Paper is a fantastic medium to work on soft pastels, but selecting the one that’s perfect for you can be a challenge, as there’s plenty to choose from. Whether you choose your paper from availability, price or quality, whether you are an amateur or a professional, it boils down to what works best for you.

Artistic Talent – Nurture vs Nature?

Whether we are born with an innate artistic talent, or, whether it is learned, is an age-old multifaceted debate that is fascinating, complex and compelling. I am sure most artists have considered it at some point or have an opinion on this theory.

A Kitchen Tool and Pastels?

Over the years, I have learned that there are infinite ways in which pastels can be manipulated as a drawing and painting medium.  Examples range

0
COVID 19 INFO

Please note that during this period, we can’t allow visits to our premises.

Customer Enquiries

Got a question?

Please don’t hesitate to send us any questions, and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
If you’d rather send us an email, please get in touch at:

Or give us a call on +44 (0)1434 240203 and choose option 1, for Liz.

Trade Enquiries

For trade enquiries, please contact us as below:

UK

liz@unisoncolour.com or call Liz on +44 (0)1434 240203 Option 1

China and Russia
Europe
North America
ROW (Exc. China and Russia)

login