What does it mean for a painting to have heart?
For me, my own paintings have heart when I manage to blend truth, spontaneity and skill.
"Paint yourself on the canvas" is what I tell my students again and again.
Many of us can copy a painting at the front of a classroom. But where is the fun in that? (Don't get me wrong here - I know that students have been copying the works of their masters way before my time so there has got to be something to that.) Instead, I encourage my students to pick up a tube of red paint when I talk about blue or draw squares when I draw circles. Painting what feels good to you results in a much more personal painting.
Your truth surfaces when you give yourself the permission to indulge your own creative urges.
Spontaneity occurs when I allow the painting to chart it’s own course without forcing it to adhere to my own set of preconceived ideas. Becoming a passenger as opposed to a driver in the creative process feels more like a colaboration between the creative process and myself.
If I were to plan my every move, there wouldn't be much room for surprises now would there?
All heart and no skill do not necessarily result in a good abstract panting. A work can have plenty of heart but lack essential qualities (such as composition for example) that make up a good painting.
Heart happens when truth, spontaneity and skill merge in a beautiful dance.
Now it’s your turn: What does it mean to you for a painting to have heart?
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.