Most paintings have a story to tell. Sometimes we know those stores at the outset. Other times we learn the stories as the paintings progress.
Learning the stories behind the painting requires the art of listening.
Listening to what?
Listening to that still small voice within us all — the one that we don’t always hear, but that is always there.
Listen to your paintings.
Yes, it’s perfectly okay to ask your painting for direction. And when you do, be sure to listen for the answers — and then follow the directions given.
Yes, it's okay to NOT follow the directions too.
Think of painting as a co-creative act. You are not alone at your easel or table. You are working with the forces of creation that surround us at all times.
Painting is an interactive sport. Smile while you paint and when asking your questions. Be playful about your painting. Make it a game.
If you’ve ever watched someone start a painting, you have an inkling of what it means to really want to paint something.
Did you know that you are the most important tool in your toolbox?
Your painting comes through you: through your eyes, through your hands, through the filter that is YOU.
You cannot get it wrong.
Each brush stroke informs the next. You learn and relearn as you paint.
When one stroke or subject becomes easy (and it will), challenge yourself to do something different. Change your strokes or your subject matter.
When you're out in nature, look more closely at the world around you. What colors do you see?
If you squint your eyes, does your vision change?
Can you see red-violets in the shadows of the leaves, or orange in the dying parts of the red plants?
While the colors fade as the leaves and flowers whither and die, we can still see the beauty they once held for us. We just need look more slowly.
Beauty surrounds us when we look through our eyes with LOVE.