Trust Yourself - A Live Painting Performance

This post is part of The Declaration of You’s Blog Lovin’ Tour, which I’m thrilled to participate in alongside other creative bloggers. This week the chapter is Trust.

My first Live Painting Performance!! A magical Quiz Night in a fantastic setting at the Classic Flyer venue in Tauranga, New Zealand. A big hangar with old airplanes hanging from the ceiling and parked in every corner. Really cool!! 

I have always wanted to do Live Painting Performances and finally I got the perfect opportunity! A quiz night for parents and friends from the kids school. 230 people, dressed up, drinking and having fun. 4 hours of continues painting. Perfect!

I had very busy weeks before the event so I did not really have time to plan or worry about the performance and I felt very cool and confident that if I let go and trust my intuition I would find my flow and the magic would happen!

Tarpaulin, easel, paints and spots were all set up at the front of the venue.  I was dressed up according to the theme of the night - The Roaring 20's (more comfortable painting clothes in a bag to be change into later)...

Me, Becs and Tarina Me, Becs and Tarina

... at 7 the event started!!

I took a big breath, put the headphones in my ears… pumped up the volume... took another big breath, relaxed and started...

Trusting my intuition and my process… trusting and being brave!  Just do it… TRUST YOURSELF!  I know I can do it!

 ...and I did... I found my flow and sure I did have a couple of scary moments when everything just looks - Yak!! But that is a part of the process and I kept to my mantra of the evening... I trust MYSELF and my process!!

The evening went quickly and I had even time to add detail and do the final touches! Great fun!

After 4 hours of continues painting it was time for the auction… the painting was donated towards the new playground at the school. That was when I got nervous!!… but I didn’t have to be . There were many people bidding and it finally sold for a very good price!

A very successful night!! I was happy, the organizers were happy and the buyer was very happy:-) What a great night!

I want to do it again... very soon!!!... and I will! Trust me;-)

If you are arranging an event and think this sounds interesting, please contact me here!


Love the white canvas... endless opportunities!!
In my flow!!
"Trust Yourself", 30"x30",


"Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life.
Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility
into flames of achievement."

- Foster C. McClellan


Please comment:

  • Jen Dacota • January 24, 2014 at 1:51:11 PM
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog regarding your rear 2013. As a fellow painter, I can relate to the way you think about your art! I also paint 'intuitively' , and get in the'flow' with my music. The music allows me to be in the moment and the paintings are from deep inside me; as I envision you go through the same process. Really adore your work~
  • Me • August 22, 2013 at 11:20:19 AM
    Indeed an Exciting and Challenging event. Well done!
    Like the touch of open / closed eyes
  • Christer Eklund • July 30, 2013 at 11:23:01 PM
    Självklart flödar inspirationen om man är på ett flygmuseum, allra helst som fars första jetfighter..."Hawker Hunter" är i blickfånget. Och dessutom farmors smycket om halsen. Snyggt jobbat, Jenny. Hälsar en stolt far/Christer
  • Stacie • July 30, 2013 at 8:45:08 AM
    Oh my, your work is gorgeous! The ethereal quality of the faces mesmerizes me and the depth in the intuitive background keeps me searching. Love, love, love! Like the idea of live performance painting, but I would definitely have to have the earphones in jamming out if I could even get past the stage fright part!
  • Maggi Focke • July 29, 2013 at 3:58:30 PM
    Oh I love the painting, the idea/activity for the fund-raiser and the quote at the end of your article! Outstanding!
  • joyce • July 29, 2013 at 2:38:59 PM
    great post Jenny ! you don't ever have to doubt yourself !



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