The Necessity of Taking Risks – Painting From a Place of Authenticity with Gabriela Hirt
February 29, 2020
Saturday, February 29 12:00 – 1:30PM
As artists we often get stuck in self-criticism, perfectionism or repetition of what has worked for us in the past. We yearn to show more of ourselves in our art, but are afraid or don’t know how. In this talk Gabriela will share her own experiences with fear, and how moving past it into bold self-expression is a conscious commitment to experimentation and risk-taking as well as an ongoing practice. By paying attention to thought patterns and underlying emotions we can increase self-awareness and better express our personal vision and what we observe. She will discuss practical tips that can bypass or even quiet our safety-seeking brain, kick us into creative action and loosen us up at the easel. There will be some mark-making exercises to explore techniques that help loosen us up and activate the painting surface, but this is not a workshop on painting technique. Attendees will learn how regular art practice, self-reflection, experimentation and stepping out of our comfort zone can make our work so much more real and satisfying.
Gabriela is a self-taught German-Canadian artist who started painting five years ago. Her work is primarily abstract or figurative abstract – in acrylic, mixed media and collage. She draws inspiration from what touches her: the natural world, a stranger’s particular posture or maybe a piece of music or poetry. Gabriela’s desire to share her experiences, confusion and wisdom in an intuitive way sparks a process of childlike experimentation. What excites her most is the surprise that awaits when letting go of the outcome. Gabriela is an Active Member of the Federation of Canadian Artists and a member of the Gage Gallery Arts Collective in Victoria.
For more information, go to www.gabrielahirt.com; Instagram: gabriela_hirt_art