Starting from scratch…..

My Life as an Artist (2)

There are many ways to SEE an apple….


Yesterday I received this message from a new follower: –

“I would like to learn to paint from you. Where to start? I am scared even to pick up a paint brush.”

The person who wrote this is not alone, and so I am prompted to write a post on the subject of starting from scratch and releasing fear.

I came up with the ‘apple exercise’many years ago because in principle it is simple and effective.

Any materials can be used – most of them can be found in your home or local pound shop. (you don’t need to go out and purchase expensive paints, brushes and paper)


I believe that the reason so many people feel a sense of fear and trepidation when they begin to make marks on paper is because we are taught from an early age that…

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Published by peter petterson

Father of four, grandfather of thirteen, and great-grandfather of eight. Resides in Taita, Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand. Living happily in retirement and enjoying the company of my many young descendants.

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