Sometimes I see things, or photos, and a painting jumps to mind. Then sometimes it is a color or group of colors I am thinking about. I often discuss ideas with my sister and partner Vix. She gets me jump started many times. This month we were talking about painting in monochromatic colors, or keeping a palette that is muted. This would be an alternative to the bright colors I usually paint in (I am a lover of color, the brighter, the better). I sat down with my sketchbook, thought about what we talked about, and this is what I came up with:
|pears and grapes|
I want to say that it isn't easy for me to discuss how I create, and what I paint. I have never tried to market my painting. I have given away some paintings over the years, but to open up and put my work out there for people to see and critique is like standing naked in a room full of people. Vulnerable. Not an easy emotion to deal with. But I am older now, less vulnerable to what people say, and I still paint as I always have, to please myself. If others gain pleasure from what I do, that is an added bonus for me.
That is what everyone should strive to do. Paint for yourself. For your own pleasure. Let what you paint come from the place inside that leads from your heart to your fingertips, in whatever media you use.
That is the essence of creation. Do it for YOU, a part of you. And share it with joy.