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Teressa L. Bernard

In the fifth instalment of our By All Means Create series, self-taught artist Teressa L. Bernard shares how she continues painting by using an alternative medium in order to overcome her creative blocks.

To break free from the fear she encounters in her bigger works, Teressa turns to mixed media as a source of calm and emotional detachment. The world of mixed media excites her so much that she has continued playing with paint and paper in order to explore new avenues in her art.

Distract your inner critic and watch our latest video to see how playing with an alternative medium can yield its own work of art, and lead to new ideas for your original piece.

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If you hear a voice within you say you cannot paint, then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced. -Vincent van Gogh

Inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s words and the artists who illustrated them in our video By All Means Create, we decided to delve deeper to find how artists silence their “inner critics” and push past their creative blocks.

Follow us each week to see how different artists challenge their fears and continue creating!

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Your By All Means Create project is absolutely fantastic. I think you have hit the nail on the head when you created this wonderful project. So many people, like me, think that we are just not good enough, do not know enough rules of painting or shading or whatever, and we unconsciously let that little voice take over that tells us we cannot paint. I love your new project and now that you are letting well known artists tell us and show us how they overcome that little voice, we do not feel so intimidated to dare pick up that drawing pencil, that drawing pen, that watercolor brush to dip in our watercolors, or those get out that canvas and oilpaints or our brushes and acrylic colors, etc..... I wish that you could keep on doing this project every month, as I truly think it is one of the most amazing and truly inspirational projects I have ever seen. Well done, Opus staff!!
You scored 1000% with this idea.

Well expressed, Marney-Rose!

Many many of us are listening and hearing the messages within this marvelous project, helping us to press beyond the dark moments when the creative monster is dormant. Thank you Vincent for such an inspirational thought and thank you to your artists who are willing to share their experience with us.


Thank you, Mandy Tsung, for sharing your innermost thoughts about "that inner critic". Your words are very inspirational and help us to gather our, possibly, weak self-confidence, and make us stronger and feel inspired to pick up our art tools and create. Your words make me realize that no matter what I paint, it is okay because it is something that I have created and nobody else can criticize it, as I have created something from my heart.
Thank you, Mandy, and thank you, Opus, for this wonderful project. You are helping so many of us who may be, perhaps, like me, just lacking in our self-confidence. Only those of us who lack self-confidence or have had our work criticized, can understand how uplifting and helpful this "By All Means Create" project is.

Love the first two! Thanks for this project !! - makes a difference to be able to listen and learn from other artists.

What a fantastic project! I've been painting for about 17 years, but have been more sporadic in the past few. I'm often looking for movitation and inspiration to ramp up again and this is a great series for that. Thank you to whomever came up with the idea and keep those videos coming. Your fellow artists are grateful.

Thank you, Teressa, for your lovely words of inspiration.
You have so many thoughts that make us want to pick up a paintbrush. Like you said, "It is only a piece of paper". You are right when you say that perhaps we do beat ourselves up about our artwork before we let others beat us up. Your words inspire self confidence. Your works of art are lovely and you have such good ideas, such as adding pieces of rice paper or tracing paper to your painting! How unique! For amateur artists like us, we never thought about doing that.
Thank you so much, Teressa, for sharing your thoughts about overcoming that little voice inside us that says "We cannot paint". You will probably never know how much your little video has meant to us.

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