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Celia Moriarty Key Fundamentals of Painting

step by step process that liberates life and artist

At 15 I was invited into the Royal South Australian Society of Arts by leading artist of the day John Dowie.  I revelled in sitting up the back of the life drawing group watching and learning from experienced artists who had learned to draw with Ivor Hele whose figure work is second to none. Informal learning by observation is what works best for me.  However, at 18 life got real and I had to earn a living and art took a back seat.

Fast forward – I’m in my 50’s and a friend books me into secret sketching tours of Melbourne. I loved it and made the decision to give art a go in my life.  I tried different ways of painting and found a step by step process is what works for me.  Creating paintings can be inconsistent and the step by step process I developed allowed me to get on with life, while following a consistent pathway to reliable results.

From the start I decided to paint Australian wildflowers because I had never been happier than when I was on field trips in nature as an undergraduate and I really wanted us all to see how beautiful Australian wildflowers are.  

I set myself 8 weeks to paint Australian Wildflowers for placemats and coasters for the international gift market.  I painted 12 wildflowers and asked my community which it liked best and found that flowers ignite all kinds of memories and associations for people.  You can never tell what will really grab people.  The reactions are very personal.  

This began my art journey, through connecting my business world and my art aspirations together.  Quickly, my product was all over the world as the international departments of various Universities were my clients so my gifts were travelling everywhere and opportunities came through that.  

I wanted to use art to respond to issues that are important to me. Only 6% of the top 200 companies in the ASX Australian Stock Exchange had women CEOs’.  In response I created the portrait series ‘Leading Women’s Profile’.  I painted CEO women and asked them what their key success factors were in order to inspire positive conversations about women and leadership and presented the series on International women’s day to Rotary Women and then at Deloitte and sold them all to raise funds for vulnerable youth.  

I also painted a series of Aboriginal Australians who teach the broader community about their culture through their work and sold these to raise funds for Aboriginal Education.

I feel so lucky and grateful to be able to take action and make a contribution to issues that are important to me.  It is a very fulfilling way to live and painting has enabled that.

Ok, so that was a big fast forward – let’s go back a few steps.  You see I developed a neuromuscular disease when I was a young adult that causes pain, brain fog, concentration difficulty and sustained a brain trauma injury.  This affects my ability to deal with a lot of information at a time.  So, In those years I fast forwarded over, I tried to paint but I couldn’t.  

Once I chose the scene to paint; selected materials and paint colours, set things up, I would be exhausted and overwhelmed by all the decisions and collapse on the couch, I couldn’t actually paint. 

Yes, it was and is, very hard.  I tell you this in full disclosure because I want you to understand why it is such a big deal for me to be able to paint at all.  Being able to paint has allowed me to live more authentically as me.  A lot of constraints in your life make you feel like you can’t be you.  So painting really has changed my life as it has liberated me. 

So I want to share this insight and method with everyone – particularly people who have difficulty concentrating, for whatever reason. Understanding how chunking things down can make creating easier, is a hugely powerful tool.  

In my case it is the difference between painting, or not painting.  Living more authentically as me, or not.  Although I was using my strengths in my consulting work, physical challenges were starting to make it increasingly difficult.

When you live with daily physical difficulty for a long time, you develop effective approaches to managing and getting on with life. My approach is to stop asking why and start asking what.  What CAN I do?  What is working – not focusing on the problem.  

As a successful communications coach for many years, my interest is in how to optimise what you have.  How to get the most out of life.

So, that is how I came to develop the process I use and why I get so excited about it, because it literally changed my life.  It allowed me to create beautiful paintings, to love the experience of creating them, to create work around issues that are important to me and to meet others who also want to enjoy bringing more creativity into their lives.  

In this upcoming free workshop ‘Key Fundamentals of Painting’, I’m going to show you the first three steps in the process as they are the most powerful steps to creating beautiful paintings. Underneath the process there is a platform that it all sits on and that is – – focus on what’s working.

The ‘Key Fundamentals of Painting’ workshop is running for the week of May 3 and we wanted to make sure you new about it and could get on board in time.  

The workshop will be be presented as online on demand videos that you can watch, with follow up live question time in our pop up facebook group. 

step by step process that liberates life and artist

In this upcoming free workshop ‘Key Fundamentals of Painting’, I’m going to show you the first three steps in the process as they are the most powerful steps to creating beautiful paintings. Underneath the process there is a platform that it all sits on and that is – – focus on what’s working.

The ‘Key Fundamentals of Painting’ workshop is running for the week of May 3 and we wanted to make sure you new about it and could get on board in time.  

The workshop will be be presented as online on demand videos that you can watch, with follow up live question time in our pop up facebook group. 

Register here to take advantage of this amazing offer.

“The course that you have created has helped me to understand acrylics and you present it in such a way that it feels as though the advice is from a friend.” 
~ Deborah Schwark

Enjoy 

PS: Art gives more back than it takes – so take a a little time to grow the art in your life!

1 Comment

  1. Celia Moriarty on April 19, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Thanks for your support Colour in Your Life team!

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