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Art Anxiety? I’m Not Painting For The Queen!-SUP Radio

Leslie Kolovich Producer/Host SUP Radio ShowSoulful Uplifting People by Leslie Kolovich

My observation about my anxiety and nerves while painting Plein air the other day~

 I am very fortunate to have a professional artist as my best friend, Joan Vienot. She affords me the opportunity in her studio and as a teacher to experience and express myself through art.  I consider her a master at Plein air art. I have enjoyed watching her paint, but lately she has been pushing me to stop watching and put a paint brush to the canvas along side her! Okay, not pushing me encouraging me as she is very good at building my confidence. She’s always telling me I’m a natural.  But is feeling like I’m going to hurl while setting up to paint a natural feeling? 

We arrived at the majestic Eden Gardens State Park when the morning dew was still on the lawn and the Florida August humidity hadn’t hit it’s peak heaviness. There was actually a nice cooler breeze than I expected.  The giant oak trees canvasing our path literally took my breath away as we walked the grounds of this historic property.  This is a Plein air artist  haven with so many options to express form, shapes and color!Eden State Park Florida-SUP Radio

I felt my stomach starting to get tight and roll as we narrowed down our sites to paint. Just looking at the paints, the brushes, and the blank canvas was almost too much. I recognized these feelings from my past. Nerves and anxiety like I use to get before I would step out on the volleyball court at the University of Utah way back in 1984. I would get so nervous before a match that I felt like I had to tell the coach that I couldn’t play. There was a crowd there to watch me play. They could and would judge every move I made on the court, and then write about it in our local newspaper, the good the bad and the ugly, and in the last year’s of my time there it truly was a struggle for a win. Thoughts would race through my head like, would I perform well enough, did I deserve to wear the uniform, could I make a difference for the team? However, as soon as the National anthem was played it was game on! All I then had to do was step on the court and my natural instincts and abilities would take over. Certainly I did make mistakes that’s part of the game, but in the same notion I made more positive moves than not. I never was cut from the team, I continued to step on the court, and along the way I set a few records, and was named All Conference player my senior year despite my extreme nervousness and anxiety that wanted to take me out.

How does this relate to art? Good question.

So I ask myself, why was I having these feelings in such a wonderful place of peace on art day in Eden State Gardens? No one was there judging my performance . It’s just a canvas and tubes of paint and brushes. It’s not like I was commissioned to paint for the Queen of England for crying in the night! I told Joan I didn’t want to paint I was too nervous and anxious. Joan calmly said the most profound words to me, “change your words Leslie, it’s not nervousness it’s excitement”. Wow! Change my words? This makes so much sense to me. Why not embrace that energy that is rolling in my stomach and express it with vigor? I told myself, just get some paint on your brush and start! Amazing!

It truly is time to change the words that come from our mouths.

Leslie Kolovich Plein air work "Tucker Bayou" SUP Radio Show

My finished project, “The mouth of Tucker Bayou”

I like the word excitement. I can feel it, I can believe in it. I know I can step on the court in any arena in my life and do something that someone will appreciate, but most importantly do something that feels right for me. It’s always a masterpiece, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! Just showing up, being present, allowing the natural flow of soul instinct to happen really creates a wonderful picture!

Thank you Joan Vienot for being such an inspirational example for me! Check out Joan’s art blog on her website and you can see not only is she a master painter, but a very good writer as well. www.Joanvienot.com

Thank you also to the Emerald Coast Plein air group for kindly bringing me into their world.

~Go forward with excitement. You are enough.~ Peace and Love, Leslie



Artist Joan Vienot Debuts In Grayton Beach Florida-SUP Radio

Your Global Art Showcase with Claire Bannerman

Claire Bannerman and Joan Vienot


Claire Bannerman interviews Joan Vienot, who is preparing for her solo art exhibit at Grayt Gounds of Monet Monet in Grayton Beach, Florida.

After nearly 25 years of developing other businesses Joan Vienot has returned to her passion of producing art.  Like many people, Joan dedicated the first part of her adult life to paying the bills.  A local studio began offering weekly life drawing sessions about 4 years ago, and Joan, whose area of emphasis was life drawing when she earned her B.A. in fine art, found her Wednesday evenings booked for the next 3 years.  This year Joan shifted her focus to painting.

Vienot had been receiving email invitations from the Emerald Coast Plein Air Painters for 8 years, and had always said he had wanted to do that someday.  In early 2013 she contracted with a coach, Saramae Dalferes, who asked Joan pointed questions to help her debunk her excuses for not painting.  With no excuses left, Joan made the commitment to join them, and 7 months later was asked to present her work at Grayt Grounds of Monet Monet by owner Cheri Peebles and show coordinator Eileen West.  It will open November 2nd with a reception 5:00 to 8:00pm and extending through November 17, 2013.2013-0904 Grayt Grounds at Monet Monet

For more information about Joan’s work you can visit her website and blog at JoanVienot.com

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