SPECIAL FEATURE: “Abundance in Watercolor” by Angela Fehr

Gladiolus Watercolour Painting Abundance In Watercolor by Angela Feher

What do you think of when you imagine abundance? If you’re anything like me, the first image is food-related. I start with “abundance” which leads to “plenty,” which leads to “horn of plenty” or “cornucopia” and next thing you know I’m counting the days until Thanksgiving, or at the very least, digging into a pumpkin pie! (Charlie O’Shields, I know you’re agreeing with me; I’ve seen your paintings!)

But if we add “watercolor” to our word association, what comes to mind?

What does your abundant artistic dream consist of?

Maybe it’s owning that coveted Kolinsky sable paint brush and shelves stocked with luxurious paper and all the colors on the paint sample chart.

Maybe you imagine a gallery glowing with the colors of your art and your own exclusive show.

Maybe you simply want enough time to paint.

Image Quote Add Value by Angela Fehr

Overlooking Abundance

Abundance in my art journey has meant all of these things to me at different times, and more. But I have also realized that yearning for abundance is not the same as having it, and often I found myself overlooking the plenty I had while wishing for what was out of reach.

When I treasured my expensive sheets of cotton paper, “saving them” for when I was a better painter, I was failing to value the development stage I was in and recognize that my “ruined” paintings were teaching me the most. I was holding back from pouring all of my curiosity and intention into my paintings and missing out on discovery.

When, in the busy days of parenting, I wished for a long afternoon spent in painting and reflection, I failed to see that in the fifteen minutes I was able to snatch here and there, I was learning to walk away from a painting before I overworked it, and becoming better able to analyse the next steps because I could view the painting with fresh eyes after yet another interruption to my process.

When my budget didn’t allow me to invest in new colors, I learned color mixing that gave me an ability to substitute and improvise and find my own favorite mixes, rather than copying my instructors.

Drawing from the Well of Creativity

There’s a lot of talk these days about having an abundance mindset, and I believe that adopting a mindset of abundance is a game changer for an artist. If I am able to approach my painting practice with the conviction that I have everything I need to make the art I’m meant to make today, I can paint without reservation, trusting that the creativity I use today will provide fertile ground for tomorrow’s growth. My creativity is not a cistern, holding a finite capacity that decreases as I use it, rather, it’s a spring, flowing from deeper sources than I can imagine, welling up to replace and overflow as I draw from it.

Abundance Quote You Have Everything You Need by Angela Fehr

“I have everything I need to become the artist I’m meant to be.” Claim it. Believe it. And then act like you believe it! Paint from that place of security and strength.

This week’s World Watercolor Month video: Intuitive Gladiolus in Watercolor

Watch the video and post your own art inspired by this week’s lesson on social media using the hashtag #worldwatercolormonth and #angelafehrtutorials.

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  1. writerleenda 3 years ago

    I need to just do it since I have abundant time, art supplies, etc.

  2. Susan Cuss 3 years ago

    My thoughts went the way of a cornucopia at first, but then I decided to show abundance of something else. Loved watching you create your abundance!

  3. Karen Fortier 3 years ago

    Gorgeous as always Angela! Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. Fascinante, Angela, me gusto mucho, como se fue combinando los colores y dando transparencia

  5. Tosca Yemoh 3 years ago

    Always a pleasure to watch you Angela!!!!!! 🙂

  6. Holly Tomás 3 years ago

    Angela, you have been the strongest influence, in a deeply emotional intuitive way, right from the start when I first re-connected with art 18 months ago. I get a glimpse of what my potential could be when I watch you work. THE single most influential video I have ever seen, was one you did a while back where you are using Gouache and watercolour together…. I wish I could find that again… it spoke to me of abandon… abundance…. and so much yet unspoken…. a language which is slowly revealing its beauty to me. Thank You for being you, and for being so generous with your time and craft. Lots of love from Scotland, Holly :O)

  7. Kay 3 years ago

    Thank you for this tutorial. I love them all and learn something with everyone. I love growing in my love for watercolor and becoming a heart led fearless artist ❣️

  8. Nellie Nellie 3 years ago

    Thank you Angela! I believe I am tapped into an abundance I would never have imagined or asked for, I’m just grateful and now I have to use it (fearlessly) and enjoy it and share it!

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  10. Janet 3 years ago

    Hi Angela, of all the artists I follow you are the only one that speaks in endless abundance from the heart which leaves me thinking that “YES” I can do this. Thank you so much for your words and I print a lot of them out to put on my studio walls for inspiration. 👍🏻❤️🎨

  11. Voicesoflighthouses 3 years ago

    Thank for sharing. Negative self talk is a hindrance to creativity

  12. Natasha Morris 3 years ago

    “I have everything I need to make the art I’m meant to make today.” OMG I so needed to hear that. I’m a professional at gathering supplies and then never using them. Thank you so much for this!

  13. Susan 2 years ago

    I love the way you encourage us all…thank you! 💗

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