My first oil paintings

“Creativity is the mother of all energies, nurturer of your most alive self. It charges up every part of you. When you’re plugged in, a spontaneous combustion occurs that ‘artists’ don’t have a monopoly on.” Judith Orloff.

Oil painting is new to me. Fortunately I was introduced to my teacher by a friend. She lives close by, so I walk to my painting class once a week. It took a lot to muster the courage to attend my first painting lesson. In fact I was absolutely terrified walking to my first class. The fear of expressing myself in a new medium.

All the way there I pondered this quote …… “You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown.” (Denis Waitley)

Cape cottageThis is my first oil painting

I have completed 3 paintings and I am loving it. We use a palette knife to paint with, which I love because of the simplicity of using one tool….. and it is easily wiped clean.

Boats on river with willows

I am so grateful for the guidance my teacher offers. It is wonderful being in a class of painters as we learn so much from each other. We are at varied levels of skill, so it makes class very informative. It is wonderful to share the feeling of satisfaction of a finished work after being part of the ups and downs of the creative process. My teacher has a magical skill of guiding us to transform our vision onto our canvas.


I always feel recharged and content after a class. I have a feeling of completeness.

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Pablo Picasso.

A good thing to know is I will always be in a good mood on a Wednesday afternoon. And that elated feeling endures over the weekend until my next recharge. Creative expression is not about perfection….It’s about the way it makes me feel!!

Thank you for dropping by. I hope you enjoyed your visit to this first post on my blog as much as I enjoyed putting it together! The reason I decided to start this blog is to remind myself of that which gives me a happy heart and to inspire myself to do what I love. I hope it does the same for you!


10 thoughts on “My first oil paintings

  1. Wonderful paintings Jane, and a lovely first post :)) Can sense new energy ~ your creativity speaks volumes ! The water lilies are beautiful. Water can be a challenge to portray … but perhaps not for a Cancerian ?
    So excited to read of your shining Wednesdays. Thank you xxx

    • Thank you Marti. Yes you are probably correct….I love water I find it so calming and refreshing to gaze upon and to listen to….. I did enjoy painting the water!
      You have been such an inspiration to me with your drawings/paintings/blog posts you have shared. Thank you for that. It has made me more courageous! XXXX

    • Thank you Shari. It is relaxing – thoughts transcend the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This comes to mind….. “Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.”
      Twyla Tharp. !!!!!!

  2. Jane, what a wonderful, wonderful Blog, I wish all my students were as inventive as you, and thank you for your kind words.
    Your teacher,

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