Last week, one day after work I trudged into my studio – tired and anxious about something at work – I had little hope of painting anything I liked. But I know by now that getting that first dash of paint down is the key – after that, curiosity and magic takes over.
In this case, my lack of expectation helped me to bring a spontaneous energy to this rather complex scene. The result is one of my favorite paintings of this year. There is a certain tone of color, combined with near abstract mark-making, that makes this one special to me:
I have been fairly consistently turning out one painting a day. More and more, I paint simply but for the love of making marks – alone in my studio, a light awareness permeating the room.
Painting on a regular basis, even when my energy is low, has helped me to paint with more abandon, less expectation and less anxiety. I am sure some of you can relate to the value of just focusing on quantity – at least for some stages of your artistic journey. If you are interested in this theme, I recommend you read through points #4 and #8 on my Creativity Quotes page.
Apart from this little blog, I was never really a social media fan. I did a bit of Instagram, but watching how it influences my mind, self-image and anxiety, I have decided to step away from it. I am sure there is no need to motivate the move – you know already…
I fear the days are passing too fast. So often I forget myself for hours on end. Where was I yesterday, walking amidst the crowd?
When I come back to myself I am welcomed by a familiar sense of courage – in bright awareness, second by second, anything can be faced.
I hesitate so often, carving just one more figurine before returning home. Rumi wants me to stop this:
Say Yes Quickly (excerpt) Forget your life. Say God is great. Get up. You think you know what time it is. It's time to pray. You've carved so many little figurines, too many... Tomorrow you'll see what you've broken and torn tonight, thrashing in the dark. Inside you there is an artist you don't know about. He's not interested in how things look different in moonlight. Rumi, translated by Coleman Barks
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