If you asked me how I feel this month (and I was speechless) I’d show you this painting. It gives a far better explanation than I ever could. The experience of making it was a true visual “tracking” of me.
At a certain point I had to be done with it, although I don’t think any piece of art is every really “done.” The last few studio sessions had gotten the best of me; I literally couldn’t get myself out of there. Just like in life, I was looking so deeply and intently at each part of it that I literally stopped seeing the big picture. I had no idea if this painting really felt complete or there was one tiny thing that would drive me crazy for all of eternity. I committed to putting down the brushes and walking away for at least 36 hours. A day and a half later, I allowed myself back into the studio. I opened the door, and breathed a huge sigh of relief – there was my painting; to my delight and surprise, as beautiful and perfect to me as if it had finished itself, ready to continue as my reflection whether I was there or not.
It doesn’t really matter what was specifically going on while I made “There, There;” all that matters is what I learned from it: A) Space is a necessity to seeing clearly, B) Being creative is incredibly therapeutic and soothing, and C) The willingness to risk everything is key to getting it right.
I hope that “There, There” inspires your creative juices to flow. That’s because I truly believe we are all gifted in some unique way, and part of this journey is discovering what that is for you and sharing it with the world. I love this quote by Martha Graham: “There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”