Tapping Into Creativity – Newsletter Issue #3

In This Issue:


Tapping Into Creativity

The biggest challenge you face as an artist, quite often is connecting with creativity, and keeping that connection open.

What is Creativity?

Where does it come from?

How can you keep it flowing?

Hopefully in this article, I’ll answer those questions and give you some strategies to find your own stream of creativity, and keep it flowing.

So what is creativity?

The Oxford English Dictionary defines it as: “The use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.”

When I speak of creativity, I’m referring to your own individual creativity. Putting your unique mark on things, in particular your abstract paintings, and especially expressionism.

Working in the abstract mode, you can’t simply turn in an accurate rendering of some person, place, or thing and call it done. In order for abstract art to be “good” it must be expressive. Now that can be an expression of quietness, sadness, elation, joy, or any other emotion, but I guarantee when you put your heart & soul into your work it will be evident, and people will notice.

*actually some abstract art is rather devoid of emotion focusing only on the pure aesthetics of design: lines, shapes, colors, patterns, textures, values – so I should say IMO abstract art is best when emotive

So how do you find those original ideas? Well, I think more than finding new ideas, it’s a matter of recognizing and embracing all those ideas you’re already having. They are there, you’re just blocking them. You’re not sure of yourself, and you don’t want to mess up what you see as a great beginning.

Sorry to say, you’ll have to break a few eggs to make the omelette. There’s really no other way to get past those mental blocks and second guessing than to just tuck your chin in and charge forward!

How many times have you completed a painting and thought, “it needs something more, but what?”. Times like these are your best opportunities to really open up and let your creativity flow!

Here’s the trick in a nutshell. When you get to that point in your painting where you’re scared you might ruin it, keep going!

If you aren’t certain that the painting is finished, then put some more paint on the canvas. It will be tough the first few times, but after awhile you’ll start wanting to go back over all your paintings, and here’s the reward: You’ll find yourself overflowing with creative ideas on how to improve your work.

All that creativity that was bottled up inside you will come flooding out and instead of being stuck, you’ll be drowning in new projects that you can’t wait to get to.

That’s where the “Art Journaling” comes in. A repository of your creative ideas, that you can read more about below.

Will this tactic “ruin” a few good paintings? You betcha! But on the other side of this habit is a whole new level of Creativity waiting for you. It’s a Leap of Faith for sure, but the rewards far out weigh the risks. After all, we’re only painters, not brain surgeons. You may regret some of the marks you make, but no one will die, and you can always paint it over again, and again, and again.

Now, before you try this, here’s one caveat: Don’t jump half way into it. I mean if you start this process, see it through, because if you only “keep going” once, and hate the results, you’ll be more stuck than ever. Make a decision to be courageous with your art, and remember courage isn’t fearlessness, it’s acting in spite of your fears!

And really I don’t mean to sound harsh. The most important thing is that you enjoy your time painting, so don’t let me kill your buzz! As long as you’re happily creating art, then everything’s groovy. On the other hand if you’ve reached an impasse, and truly wish to move up a level, then try my little trick, ’cause I learned it from other artists, and it worked for them, and it works for me too, so I believe it will work for you also.

Give it a try and then tell us your thoughts in the comments below.


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Demo – Expressionism

From the 2nd beginners course “Intro to Abstract Painting #2”

“Robin’s Painting” acrylic on canvas was created as a demo for “Intro to Abstract Painting #2” and I’m happy to say that it sold before the paint was dry. i took a photo, uploaded to my Facebook page and someone (Robin)purchased it. It actually got named after it was bought. FYI I’ve sold several paintings uploading to FB page this way, so you might give it a try.


Featured Artist

Cheri McIntosh Loeb is this week’s featured artist, with this wonderful abstract piece. Topaz Sands, 24″ x 48″ Acrylics, White Sand, Silver Metallic Spray Paint and Pearl Mica Flecks on Gallery Style Wooden Panel.

the creativity of Cheri McIntosh Loeb

Cheri McIntosh Loeb -Topaz Sands, 24″ x 48″ Acrylics, White Sand, Silver Metallic Spray Paint and Pearl Mica Flecks on Gallery Style Wooden Panel.




News From You!

Christine Jarvis won First Place Mixed Media in the Longmont Artists’ Guild 2017 Member Show with her paper collage “Colorado Aspens” and Honorable Mention Acrylics with “Melting Flowers”

Congratulations Christine!

“Colorado Aspens” First Place Mixed Media  – Christine Jarvis

the creativity of christine jarvis

“Melting Flowers” Honorable Mention Acrylics – Christine Jarvis


Toni Hughes sold two paintings this week! Way to go Toni!

Painting by Toni Hughes – “Splash Of Sass” 60cmx90cm

Painting by Toni Hughes – “Inky Business” 76cmx102cm


*this is where you can tell us all about your latest successes, maybe you just launched a website, or you got a commission, or made it into a show, won a ribbon or award – you get the idea. It’s a chance to let all of us celebrate YOU! So drop me a line and let me know what’s happening in your world and I’ll include it in the next Issue of Our Newsletter.

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“Limitless 2017” – International Deadline: July 28, 2017

Hosted by the Federation of Canadian Artists, this entirely online exhibition and competition is open to artists worldwide. A portion of all submissions also assists in the creation of a $1,000 bursary for a visual arts student enrolled in a post-secondary institution.

This is an Online only event (I think) so no shipping required.

Entries that are successful at jury will display in an online gallery at www.artists.ca between August 1 – October 31, 2017.

Here’s the Link with More Info


Creative Challenge #2 – Art Journal

This week’s Creative Challenge is very simple, Start an Art Journal and when you have a few pages decorated, take some photos (3 or 4) and send them to me at andy@andymorrisart.com. Please put “Creative Challenge #2” in the subject line, or it might get lost. *yes you can submit an old journal

One Lucky Winner will be Drawn (by a computer program –  RandomResults.com ) and Receive a Free Coupon to my Next Course that’s coming soon. Best of Luck to Everyone!

From Wikipedia:

“An art diary, art journal or visual journal is a daily journal kept by artists, often containing both words and sketches, and occasionally including mixed media elements such as collages. Such books will frequently contain rough workings, in cartoon form, of ideas later to appear in finished works, as well as acting as a normal diary, by allowing the artist to record their day-to-day activities and emotions.” [read more]

Need a Little Help Getting Started? I put together a Playlist of YouTube Videos – Check it out:  “Art Journals” 


Winner of last week’s Creative Challenge Drawing

Myra Gomes – with her lovely painting. Congratulations Myra! Look for a Free Coupon to the Next Course in your inbox, just as soon as the course is ready.

For your chance to win a free coupon to the next course, complete this week’s challenge and email me the photos at andy@andymorrisart.com  be sure to put “Creative Challenge #2” in the subject line. And remember this is a Random Drawing so every entry has the same chance of winning.

Here’s Myra’s painting and a link to a gallery of all the entries in last weeks drawing.

Gallery of all the entries in last week’s creative challenge


That’s it for this week’s newsletter. If you have any comments just leave them below..

Until next time, Happy painting!

Andy Morris

What are your thoughts?


  • Catherine McEwan

    Reply Reply July 4, 2017

    Warm congratulations to Myra, her painting is beautiful 🙂

  • Catherine McEwan

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    Loving the newsletter, gets better with each issue :)) So rich in content. Thank you Andy

  • Marianne

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    Great newsletter Andy….love all your content and congrats to all the winning artists!!!

  • Ellen Shorey

    Reply Reply July 7, 2017

    Love these news letters
    So helpful

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