Creativity Coaching – Session 2: Overcoming Fear

Step 2 –  Overcoming Fear

There is one sure way to find your artistic voice, and that is to face fear head-on, and conquer it.

It never goes away entirely, but after a few successful fear-fights under your belt – especially the ones that leave you giddy with joy because you discovered something profoundly brilliant – you begin to develop your fear-fighting muscles. These will help you in many aspects of life – not just in your art.

If you took part in Creativity Coaching Session 1, you should have one or more paintings that you have started. (If you missed Session 1, I recommend you check it out).

It’s now time to take your Session 1 piece (or pieces) a step further towards being done, and if you’re at all like me, you’re a bit afraid to do anything to them.  Perhaps there are parts you like – and you don’t want to wreck.  Or perhaps they are so horrible you can hardly look at them.

The latter is an easier place to start, but I’m guessing that there is at least one section, no matter how small, that you are afraid to mess up.

Where do you start?

As your coach, I would suggest (no rules – just suggestions), that you start with the first idea that comes to you.

Don’t over-analyze.  When you look at the piece(s) in front of you, try to listen to your inner voice.

All you need to decide on the next step:  eg. I think I should put some more white in that area, or cover up that area because it’s so ugly, or enhance the (blue or green or red) a bit.

Once you have that ONE idea, act on it and don’t worry about knowing what to do next.

Dispense a bit (or a lot, if you like) of the colour(s) you want to use, and select the tool(s) you want to apply the colour(s) with.

Take a deep breath…….let it out slowly.   Do this 3 more times.

Then MAKE YOUR MARK (or marks).

Step back once you have applied some paint, and wait for the next idea to come.

Act on it (if it involves a different colour, put whatever you need on your palette and get to work).

Repeat the above steps until you have no more ideas about what to do, and then STOP!!!!

Put the painting aside, and if you have more time to paint, start another painting in the same fashion that you started your Step 1 piece(s).

Or if you started more than one piece in Step 1, you can move to Step 2 on one or more of those pieces.

Pictures of my Step 2 paintings:

Step 2 on Painting 1 & 2 (both started in Step 1)

Step 2 on Painting 3 & 4 (both started in Step 1)

Step 2 all 4 paintings started in Step 1.

Creativity Coaching – Session 1: Showing Up

I am excited to say that I’ve found something I’m passionate to blog about!

Last week I had an epiphany….  I’m a Creativity Coach.  What exactly does this mean?  I want to equip & inspire others to embrace creativity, as it has brought me so much joy, healing & passion!

I’m going to lay it all out on the line – real & raw – the good, the bad & the ugly.

Step 1 – Showing Up (aka Laying the Foundation for Brilliance)

A creative life is a joyful life

The first step is to show up

To show up means to be willing to fail, which is scary, unless you believe you learn more from your failures than your successes.  I firmly believe this, so let me coach you through your fear of failure.

In any area of life, it’s the challenges, obstacles, dead-ends, breakage, hurdles (anything that we label as ‘failure’), that makes us strong.

Strength gives depth to your life, and to your creative expression.

Nothing great is ever achieved (or created) without adversity.  Therefore, we as creatives need to embrace and make peace with adversity (ie, failure).

Today’s exercise is going to help you be stronger tomorrow.

Today we are going to lay the foundation for a masterpiece, and all you need to do is show up!

Do yourself a favour and expect that today you are going to create something brilliantly ugly.

Materials:            Painting surface of any size

Paint:  White (lots) & Black (a little bit)

2 other colours you love (I chose Quin. Nickel Azo Gold & Turquoise)

At least one paint brush (in case you decide to use it)

Gloves (you will be using your hands)

A mark-making tool (palette knife – kitchen utensil – a stick, etc…)

Here are photos of what I started with ….. feel free to use the same as me, or improvise by using what suits you.

10″ x 10″ wood cradle panel (selected because I had several kicking around the studio).

White (Gesso), Black, Quin Nickel Azo Gold, Turquoise (Phthlo)

Mark making tools

Start putting some paint on the canvas (or board). I used my fingers to start this one…..

Add a bit more colour….

and keep going….. Don’t worry if it’s ugly 🙂

Then if you’re feeling really brave, start another one!

and a 3rd….

I was having so much fun – and I still had paint on my palette, so I started 4 🙂

One hour later, and I’ve started 4 paintings that will create a series. I don’t love them yet, but I’m excited to see where they go from here! See how easy it can be if you just show up and let go of expectations? Step 2 will be coming soon! xo

My Marks ….. Workshop in January, etc…

I am a different person since returning from my week-long artist retreat in New Mexico.  I have had some amazing breakthroughs in my ability to let go in the studio (and even in other areas of my life).  So far the results have been embraced by collectors (new & old), and I’m very inspired 🙂

A Table For Two 48×48

Are We On The Same Page 24×18

I’m planning my next workshop in January, 2018 (Sat. Jan. 27 & Sat. Feb. 3rd, 2018 in Cloverdale).  It’s going to be the best workshop yet, and even if you have attended one before, there will be lots of new things I’ll be sharing!).

Email or phone me to reserve a spot (I only have a few spots left).

Landmark I 24×48

Happy Halloween 🙂

xo Jenn



I love grilled onions!

Happy September friends!

I’ve been very negligent (again) about blogging.  I have a million reasons that I won’t bore you with.  I am working very hard at building a new website, painting for 3 Galleries, preparing for a solo show in Feb. 2018, and amid all of this, I have dropped a few balls.  My blog is one of them.

I’m super excited about a workshop I am taking in New Mexico in a few weeks.  I can’t wait to spend 5 days in a magical place painting with other passionate artists and a great instructor!  I am committed to doing something every 2 years that takes me out of my comfort zone and stretches me.  I know I will return with lots of inspiration and a few new tools in my belt.  I can’t wait to share them with you!

I’ve been trying to plan some workshops for late Fall or Winter, but I’m having a hard time securing a venue for the dates that work.  I’ll keep looking though, as I know some of you are anxious to sign up.  Thanks for your patience!

And the onion thing……well, this Summer I discovered that I absolutely love grilled onions – on almost anything!  That and I couldn’t come up with a captivating title for this blog post so I thought what the heck! 🙂

What’s an art blog without some art?  Here are a few thumbnails of paintings I have available.  There are lots more to see in my studio, if you’d like to come for a visit.  I do love commissions, and now is the time to start thinking about Christmas……….

Hugs,    Jenn

Reflections II 40×40


Out of the Blue 20×24


Seascape 36×48

Jenn’s Art at Whistler Gallery

I am thrilled to announce that some of my landscape paintings are available at the Art Junction Gallery in Whistler, BC.  I have spent part of every Summer and most Winters in Whistler since I was a very young girl, and it feels like a second home to me.

To be represented by a Gallery in such a beautiful place is truly an honour.   As stated on Art Junction’s home page “art junction is an inspiring, Canadian contemporary art gallery in Whistler BC. For over 18 years, art junction has sought to discover some of the regions top emerging artists. Nestled amongst the beautiful Coastal Mountains, the gallery features a diverse collection of art ranging from classic oil landscapes and figurative work, to unique sculptures and mixed media abstracts.

I hope you will take a minute to view Art Junction Gallery’s  site.  Here is a link to my profile, and you can peruse works by other artists represented by this wonderful Gallery I am proud to be represented by.

Jenn’s paintings at Art Junction Gallery, Whistler BC

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