A few weeks ago, I gave my students the invitation to choose a painting they felt represented "painting their truth" and describe why. I think they nailed it. What do you think?
"Life is about getting out of our own way. When I paint abstracts, the ones I like the best are the ones that I allowed to unfold on their own, in their own time. I just keep working until my inner voice tells me that my painting is finished. Then I can sign it. "Barn Door" is one of those paintings. I just kept going and was never sure what it was to become! Until it became 'Barn Door'; complete with found feathers. I will paint for the rest of my life." Michelle A.
"The painting revealed itself to me, I was just the catalyst. Capturing what the canvas whispers to me, that's my truth." Sabrina D.
"Painting my truth is... free to be me, being authentic in who I am, self expression, focus and determination, therapeutic, success and failures, mood translation, true reflection, self indulgence, creativity, experience, self honouring, feeding your soul, point of difference." Simone H.
"My painting truth is ever changing. My canvas reflects the changes of who I become as I experience the world through art." Valerie H.
"This painting embodies my being on many levels, multi-dimensional with depth and at the same time whimsy. At its core my truth emanates love, connection, freedom and courage." Tamara K.
"I’m not sure I can complete the sentences about why I chose this painting for my truth right now, since I don’t feel I have gotten one that I feel that way about yet. Hopefully, I will in the future. I’m going to keep working on it." Kathy S.
“Behind the Curtain” revealed my truth. It was the defining moment where I stepped out from behind the curtain and I proudly called myself an artist. It changed my perspective on me, my contribution and my art." Connie S.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art making process can be a vehicle for empowerment.
I am living proof.