“It is with the soul that we grasp the essence of another person, not with the mind, not even with the heart.” -Henry Miller
I continue to explore the figure with no agenda except to be present and to honor what emerges. Through this practice I am not trying to render the figure exactly, but to give an essence or capture an emotion. I’m finding painting the figure in this way is leading me through my own emotions – the places where I am stuck. It is demanding that I look deep. I’m fascinated that what I am learning through the painting process shows up in my relationships to everything; teaching me to relinquish my demands for an immediate resolution and to stay present and connected with my feelings. It’s allowing me to explore unexpected ideas and feelings. I am finally seeing my self-imposed burden of having to do it perfectly lift away. There is freedom.
“Art is what we call the thing an artist does. It’s not the medium or the oil or the price or whether it hangs on a wall or you eat it. What matters, what makes art, is that the person who made it overcame the resistance, ignored the voice of doubt and made something worth making. Something risky. Something human. Art is not in the eye of the beholder. It’s in the soul of the artist.” -Seth Godin