How to start (and finish) something daunting

Have you ever struggled to make a start on a painting that seems especially daunting to you?

Do you find yourself having thoughts that say it’s likely to go wrong, or do you just get nervous when you see the white piece of paper and wonder how on earth you’ll create the painting you want to?

These are totally normal thoughts and feelings, but they are ones we need to overcome if we are to be able to be able to practice and develop our confidence.

Here’s my little tip to help you make a start. And the video includes some footage of me starting the large Darcey Bussell Rose painting which was a commission from the David Austin Rose company – one that certainly had the potential to be daunting!

I’d love to hear about your experience of starting painting projects that are daunting – please share them below!

Happy painting!

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  1. Ellen on February 20, 2020 at 12:42 am

    Thanks, Anna. Love you advice and your paintings.

  2. Gail Curtis on February 20, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    Started three orchards which I have just finished. Anna’s method of doing a contour drawing and spending time really working this up to the finest detail inspires me to start to paint by putting an image in front of me. By trusting the watercolor method of steering very light the image starts to come alive and thereafter it all falls into place one step at a time.

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