Beyond the Palms

by Rekha
(Melbourne, VIC, Australia)

Finished painting!

Finished painting!

Finished painting!
Halfway Through!

I wanted to share this painting as its been almost two years in the making!! Yep that's right - 2 years!


I could tell you that I've been busy, got distracted etc but the truth is at every major step I was happy with - I got caught up thinking the next brush stroke would ruin it and that stopped my progression - does this happen to anyone else?? (Looking back through my photo album, I did complete a few other paintings in the mean time!)

When I finished 'Beyond the Palms', I wondered why I took so long to finish it...my pursuit to get it perfect stopped me from progressing. And then I wondered "what if I had never got round to finishing it?"...what a shame that would have been!

I love Mark's motto to chuck some paint around! Chucking paint around is a journey I'm still on. I love the results of 'Beyond the Palms' and if I learn to let the painting go where it wants, I will have a lot more paintings to cover my walls with!

Thanks to Mark and AA for all the tips and making painting so accessible to everyone!
Rekha xx

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Dec 01, 2018
Amazing palm trees NEW
by: lou Lou

Wow Rekka,

that is an amazing painting of a tropical beach and those palm trees and fronds. Wow!! I go through dread of failure every time I even think of starting, or continuing with, a painting. It is the worst isn't it? It stops me from doing so much painting. And I am so proud of every piece I finish. Well that's not quite true. I have thrown a few pieces in the rubbish bin and I regret doing so because when I look back at photos of those pieces, I see what others see, that they actually look quite good! I either can't stop or I can't finish, thinking I always need to do more! And I usually don't. I just can't see it at the time! Good luck with your painting. Hugs Lou Lou

Nov 01, 2018
Same here NEW
by: Rashmi

Hi Rekha,
Very reassuring to read your account. I am going through exactly the same thing. In trying to finish this one painting, I have completed 4 quite satisfactory ones. I keep on wondering why I can't complete this one, I am so afraid of spoiling it. Hope I too have a lovely painting at the end of it. Yours is really very good. Btw I am self teaching myself with help from Mark's lessons and you tube videos.

Oct 19, 2018
What a beautiful Painting!!!! NEW
by: Simon Hamel (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

Wow, it's so beautiful.
I agree when you say that you were stopped by the fear of ruining your painting if you gave another brush stroke. I have the same feeling sometimes and itYou've accomplished a beautiful painting, I hope you will share more of your creations here.
Thank you
Simon

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