Author Archives: Shirley Mancino

20 Tricks for Overcoming Your Internal Critic – Part 1

20 Tricks for Overcoming Your Internal Critic – Part 1 Do you sabotage yourself with negative thinking and self talk? You are not alone! These messages we give ourselves come out of our verbal left brain. And, I let that … Continue reading

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The Kite Festival and the Construction Digger

During our third visit to India, we watched the local kite festival from the rooftop of a family we visited in Ahmadabad. Our host was a lovely young woman who had run away to escape an arranged marriage, dodging her … Continue reading

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Painting the Women in India

My favourite subject is women. I especially like to paint hardworking women who look beautiful and elegant even when they are doing heavily-demanding physical labour. India provides the ideal environment for all these requirements to come together. The women are … Continue reading

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Letting the “abstraction” shine through (Overpainting, Part II)

My goal in painting is to stay as abstract as possible. However I do enjoy having an element of realism in my work. One method I use regularly to trick my left brain is to begin with an abstract underpainting … Continue reading

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Overpainting

For most of my painting career, I have pursued this goal: do not overpaint the subject. I like abstraction and I want to get away from reality…the camera does that better than I ever could. My inclination is to leave … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Blogger

Welcome! If you love art and adventure – like I do – then I think you’re going to enjoy reading this blog. As a professional artist, I’ll be sharing some of my favourite stories about my adventures in front of … Continue reading

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