Sunday, January 11, 2015


Comfort Zone

....... You've heard it before. "Move out of your comfort zone" is the familiar phrase spoken by many entrepreneurs. gurus and mentors. I've come to appreciate the sage advice from my instructors, artist friends, viewers. and clients. to move beyond my comfort zone in my artwork.

    I had to get through some fears and concerns about making the move to start painting portraits.....

......"The comfort zone is the great enemy to creativity; moving beyond it necessitates intuition, which in turn configures new perspectives and conquers fears......"Dan Stevens

    Learning a new medium and not knowing your paints, how the paint moves, blends and dries can set you back in your painting skills for several months. When dealing with gallery contracts and commissions, time is very limited and to be taking a risk that could set me back several months in my work, is always a consideration. 
    I have been reading about painting portraits in oil for the last several months while working on other paintings. Taking that challenge to start has been a great move forward. I'm glad to have broken that barrier to a new adventure. I feel I have a long way to go yet, but with me staying focused and pushing my limits will keep me moving in the right direction to be a better painter.
    Images below are the very first portraits I have done. I will always study to improve my work....  

......Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risk in life that seem worth taking. The ride may not  be as predictable if you'd just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting. Edward Whitacre, Jr.

.... Posting my paintings in stages on Facebook helps the viewer understand the process artists go through getting the painting completed. Posting also inspires the artist with the next stage of the painting and helps motivate the artist with keeping focused in the studio.
I thank each and every one of you for all your support. You all are the reason to push my passion to be better.

This painting is still in the works and much more to do on other art in process. This is a study only..... Thank you for viewing...
You can also follow me on Facebook as Marti Green Artist.. and on "Fine Art America"       

Kristin Portrait

Richard Sherman Portrait
from start to finishThis Painting is finished and prints are for sale on Fine Art America


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