How to Paint More Freely - Painting From a Simple Sketch * Pause and Paint

How to Paint More Freely – Painting From a Simple Sketch

How to Paint More Freely – Painting From a Simple Sketch

Do you have drawings and sketches you love? How about transforming those drawings you love into a painting?! In this video I show you how I create a nice painting from a simple sketch!


More About This Sketch and it’s Meaning

When I created this sketch, I was attending a Beth Moore conference. It was my first time seeing Beth Moore live and I was truly inspired. The worshipping was awesome and I truly loved  Beth Moore topics! She was so on point for me and I could feel love and togetherness in the room full of women.

Being More Open

I wish that as women, we could always be open to connecting and supporting one another. There are very few instances where I feel truly open and have a sense of connection with other women (unless at Church or with friends). It’s rare that we can turn to someone and say; I love you, I am here for you, I know what you are going through…but that night, at the conference, there was a special electric vibe in the arena where more than 2000 women gathered and worshipped together.

During the intermission I went to the concession store to get a soda and some popcorn. The line was huge! I was standing in line for about 2 minutes when it darned on me to turn around and introduce myself 😉 The lady behind me was celebrating her Birthday and we had a really nice conversation. Before I knew it, it was my turn to order and we said goodbye and hugged.

Imaging doing that at the grocery store or in line at the bank!…lol

I love turning the drawing I did that night into a painting! To me it has a lot of signification and it expresses that sense of togetherness I felt the night of the conference. I believe women are truly stringer together and we shouldn’t be afraid to open up to one another!

Imagine creating circles of women where we could be embracing our differences, help each other to face our fears and make it a mission to elevate one another. I know there are many places and organizations like that but what about when we are running errands or when we are out and about? How about smiling more? How about offering a hand and asking someone if they need help?

I am not saying I do this on a regular basis…but I do think about it!

There are so many women coming forward with stories of abuse, I think NOW is the perfect time to reach out and warm up to one another!

I invite you to do this painting with a mission in mind: Let this be a reminder that women are stronger together.

Thank you for sharing my post!


Nathalie Villeneuve is a Canadian-born visual artist. Her paintings are best described as Expressionist meets Parisian chic. Villeneuve’s, strong influence of Franz Marc, a German printmaker considered a pioneer of the German Expressionist movement, creates a series of heavy lines contrasting bright colors fading into soft brush strokes on canvas. Her body of work depicts women in dance, cinema, photography and even the mundane such as sitting at a Cafe or by the beach. The scenes she creates on canvas consists of elegant, long-legged feminine figures gracefully perched and seem frozen in time during moments of peaceful reflections. Villeneuve, a Meriden resident has shown her artwork at various galleries and venues in Connecticut and Canada. She now has a growing body of collectors throughout the U.S. Northeast. Ms. Villeneuve studied at the Dicksen Art Center/UCLA under Professor Roger Herman towards receiving her Bachelor’s of Interdisciplinary Art. For more information:


  1. Suzie Cheel /

    LOVE THIS NATHALIE what a wonderful gift you are giving to the world- will check the video later xxx

  2. Vatsala Shukla /

    This tutorial is so cool, Nathalie! I love the way you make art simple. The story behind the sketch is also inspiring. Thank you!

  3. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    Thank you sweet friend!!!! I love your encouragements because they are from the H E A R T !!!

  4. Nathalie Villeneuve /

    Thank you Vatsala!! Yes, the story is engraved in my memory and I also have other sketches I wish to transform into paintings!

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