Following Your Artistic Path

Every artist dips his brush in his soul and paints his own nature into his paintings.

Henry Ward Beecher

After teaching foreign languages at many levels for many years I moved to South Carolina and a new world presented itself. The impetus was: no snow, golf, and tennis. That did interest me for a short while, however, it was not meaningful to me. I decided to take my first ever art class which was a watercolor workshop. Luckily, the right instructor showed up at the right time, this was fate and is where my artistic journey began.

I continued to take various workshops from local instructors. I also joined a local art association and started taking workshops in different places in the US and Europe. Once I found pastels, I became enamored with the vibrancy of the products available. I incorporated watercolor underpaintings as a set up to respond to in the top layers. Always choosing archival substrates and pastels.  As I accumulated more skills, I began a daily painting practice. Sometimes, I would sketch, other times I would do color studies in Plein Air. I look forward to this daily ritual as a spiritual journey as well. I dare to post my daily practice on social media. It is wise to remain independent of other people’s good opinions if one embarks on going public. I challenge myself with various techniques and products, that is how I found Unison Colour.

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Closing Light, by Eveline Miller

I have been fortunate to teach workshops where I get a lot of insights into my own process as well. In my classes I do advise my students to bring substrates I will use for demos and Unison Pastels. Specifically, I enjoy the 36 stick Starter Set as well as the 18 stick Landscape Set. These are perfect for my signature workshop, Pastels in 10 Easy Steps. They are unique and dynamic in colors and they have a good range of neutrals and earth tones for the landscape.

Not everyone has the luxury of time for a daily painting practice that goes from a sketch to a finished painting. The point is hand eye connection on a daily basis to enable you to stay on your artistic path. Setting a timer for 5 minutes works well. I suggest doodling, sketching, doing thumbnails, draw your hand whatever it takes to at least get started. Once 5 minutes becomes routine add a minute or two and your daily painting practice will reward you by allowing creativity to alleviate any blocks.

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Refuge, by Eveline Miller

My daily painting practice has led to exhibitions and awards that I am very proud of, these can be found on my website: www.evemillerfineart.com

My painting process was published in the French magazine Pratiques des Arts Special Summer Pastel Edition 2020 where the steps are demonstrated. The point is to stay on your path, find what excites you, see where it goes and hopefully enjoy the journey that never ends.                          

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13 Responses

  1. “The point is hand eye connection on a daily basis to enable you to stay on your artistic path.” Wonderful advice Eveline! I have been long inspired by your “daily painting practice” and the gorgeous paintings you produce as a result. Absolutely lovely.

  2. As a beginner l would never have thought of just doing five minutes practice especially doing something like drawing around a hand so would have ended up defeated before l started. Brilliant advice, I’m certainly taking that on board.

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