Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Finding your voice in painting

“Crossroads in Weed”
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The Grand View Ranch, but my artistic muse calls me to capture the beauty that surrounds me on canvas. By the way, it is time to register for this year’s Spring Workshops in Mt Shasta. Space is limited, and information about the workshops is on our web site at http://www.thegrandview.com/. or call me at 800-511-1337 anytime.

Finding your voice in painting
Finally, it is really snowing here at The Grand View Ranch. As I laid the final brushstroke on this painting, “Crossroads in Weed,” the snow started to cover the countryside. This view is located in the heart of the little lumber town of Weed, 3 miles from the ranch. It is at the crossroad of one of the main streets in town and the freeway. Although this is a charming setting for a painting, very few tourists would stop to admire this location, but I found it interesting every time I drove by and wanted to capture it on canvas. Often we don’t choose the subject, the subject chooses us.
As an artist, I am aware of the beauty surrounding me, and I am always looking for compositions in the ordinary corners of life. That means, as a plein air painter, I might find myself painting in the heart of town, hanging over a bridge, or just off a freeway. The unique and individual reward that an artist receives when painting his impression of an inspiring place belongs to that artist alone; the joy experienced in the process of creation is non – transferable and of little use to others. The painting is just the by-product, and it is a bonus if the public gets to view it at all.
An artist recreates a personal experience and sings it for others. To do this, you must first learn that when you sing, the only voice you need is the voice you already have, and that everything that you need to create joyfully is already within you. As a coach, I don’t teach students how I paint. I help students identify their unique voice and give them the tools to use it. The actual painting process of applying a brush and paint to canvas is ordinary work, but it takes courage to embrace that work and wisdom to be good at it. Art does not arrive miraculously from the darkness to your hands; knowledge, skills, and practice blend with the heart and soul of the artist and flow on to the canvas. You must learn to trust yourself and proceed with the belief that you will succeed, or you may miss the possibility of experiencing the ecstasy of creativity.
It becomes a choice between certainty and uncertainty, and curiously, uncertainty, in the face of paralysis, is a comforting choice.

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