The Breakthrough Sessions: Let’s Get Creative

I created this series of videos in January of 2020. It has been archived for several months now and only available to my Creative Community, but I decided that it’s a great time to bring them out and share them with everyone again. Let’s make this next year a breakthrough year for your creativity!


What will you get out of these sessions?
1. Begin to create without fear
2. Find time to create more
3. Learn to see color differently
4. Make things you love
5. Create in your own unique style and voice


I’m so excited to show you what you can do when you give yourself permission to let go of fear!



Video 1

Fear is the creative mind’s worst enemy. In this video I talk about how to overcome different fears that may pop up when you are creating art.

Assignment for this lesson: Go to my gallery online and choose a painting as inspiration to try yourself. Here’s the link to my gallery:

While you create this week be mindful of your thoughts and go into the process giving yourself permission to make mistakes, allow experiments, allow generosity with your supplies, and above all….PLAY! Remember what it was like to draw and paint as a child. Find that sense of wonder, freedom, and playfulness again.


Video 2

There is a common problem that comes up in my Creative Community and in my DMs on a regular basis. How to find time to create is something that everyone seems to be struggling with (including myself!) In this video, I give you some help with how to find time to create.

Assignment for this lesson: Paint a little bit every day this week! Set a reminder on your phone. Write it on your planner. Do whatever you need to do to remind yourself at a good time of day to be creative!

So…. pick a time of day that will work best for you and plan to create during that time. Set a timer for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or even an hour! Put it on your calendar and then stick with it! Watch how contagious it becomes and how you gain momentum with your creative ideas!

The key is to MAKE time to make!


Video 3

Seeing colors in your world for what they are and not what your preconceived ideas of what they should be is a big help with choosing colors for your paintings.

Assignment for this lesson: Take a few photos of objects using your phone and take note of colors where you many not have noticed them before. Then choose an object to paint using the colors you SEE not what you think they should be.


Video 4

It’s very easy to be pulled into the trap of painting things that you think other people will like or buy. It’s like studying for a test instead of gaining knowledge because your really want to know it!

Assignment for this lesson: Begin a list of things you love. This doesn’t have to be physical things. It can be anything at all! Add your favorite quotes that inspire you. Cut out photos in magazines that have a great color palette or floral arrangement that you love. Keep the list and add to it regularly.


Video 5

How do you begin to find your style as an artist? What is the difference between your style and your voice? We explore this topic in this video.

Assignment for this lesson: Recognize what makes you…YOU! See the things in your world and make notes. For example: your childhood, your environment, your personality, your likes and dislikes. What medium do you like to use most? Put together a painting that represents YOU and your unique voice using the style of creating that you love most!


I hope this series of videos has helped you.

Let me know in the comments what stood out and helped you the most in these sessions. I’d love to hear from you!



If you would like to learn more about art and create with me on a regular basis, take a look at my online lessons for artists:

8 Responses

  1. Annette

    I enjoyed the videos a lot. I do feel better now about my mistakes love painting Iam not an artist at all ,but paint and canvas. Thanks again

  2. Ann Nafziger

    Enjoyed this series! FEAR gets in my way the most, working on changing that mindset.

    • Amanda Hilburn

      I hope it was helpful! I’m so glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Anita Robertson

    Thank you so much for this series
    I have been scattered with my painting. This series will help me focus. I appreciate you

    • Amanda Hilburn

      You are welcome, and I’m so happy it was helpful to you!

  4. Arlene Donatelli

    Thank you Amanda for this series. I know I’m a little late, in watching. Great information, my fear has been showing my husband my paintings when he walks in the room😆. So he made a statement the other day which was very funny and we had a good laugh. He said so you want me to shut of the light to see your work or go to the end of our street and then you can show me. Then I realized how silly I was being. So I will not fear showing my work . Thank You 🙏🏻

    • Amanda Hilburn

      I love that! Yes, don’t be afraid to share!