Paint from our truth. First we have to remove our egos from the process. The minute we think about ourselves as this or that type of artist, the minute we come from a point of view about ourselves, we limit ourselves. We're dead in our tracks. If we open ourselves up to the possibilities of what we can do and ask ourselves, “what if”, then we can speak truly and move ourselves in new directions.
How many times have you approached a painting and had this little voice in your head that says, “well, I could try that, but that's not how I paint”. As an artist, it's true that you need to develop a consistent body of work in order to approach galleries, submit work to festivals, and even to enter competitions to a degree. But in order to truly grow and push oneself to new territory, one must, in the comfort and privacy of their studio or workspace, allow and even invite uncertainty. After all, nothing in life is certain. We didn't come with a guarantee. The only certainty is change, so embrace that in your painting as well as in daily life. What is the alternative?
Trust your truth. One must trust oneself. We all have this insidious voice inside us, that tells us that we might not be good enough, real enough, talented enough. But the truth is, each and every one of us, is supremely good enough, whole enough and deeply capable and complete. We have to tap into that boundless source rather than take the limited view that we somehow don't measure up. The simple act of stepping up to a blank canvas is a leap of faith, so why not take it a bit further and put everything on the table while you are up there?
My last workshop in Southern California was a lovely adventure in teaching, reconnecting with old friends and experiencing a different kind of landscape. Who knows what will develop from the trip?
Thank you Pastel Society of Southern California for making it such a delightful time!