Monthly Archives: August 2012

In the beginning…

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in the middle of the wet paint, something happened.

A moment was captured…

and though there was turmoil and some uncertainty,

a pattern and rhythm began to be heard.

Suddenly, there was movement…

and the sound and colour began to fly…

Don’t stop your creative process just because you’re unsure of where it’s taking you. Be prepared to be surprised!

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an arrangement of words

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Art speaks.

to different people in different ways. to the same people on different days…

It can speak as a whole or a sum of its parts. It can speak to the soul. it can speak to the heart.

Art can speak loud and art can speak wide. Art can speak softly to those trying to hide.

So here is my question…what I’m trying to say:  what is our art speaking today?

the ocean in front of us

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I don’t want to preach  “Do as I say, not as I do”

so I took a big step out into uncharted waters this past month and painted live for a whole week.

with a team. In tents. In front of a crowd. Seriously.

Now, I’ve painted live before, but not with the possibility of 2000 people peeking over my shoulder. Amazingly, the nerves faded away as I concentrated on what I had come to do. And in that place of contemplation – between the music and the speakers and the buzz and the lights – people were impacted by the process and the paint. I, most of all.

Sometimes you have to be willing to get up there and go for it, big and loud. Why? Someone might need to hear what you have say, see what you have to create, read what you have to write,  listen to the colour of music only you can play.

up close:

almost there:

adding in the final details:

The finished painting “Tree of Life” painted at Clan Gathering 2012

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To all my kind followers: July was full of family and new work and everything in between. I will be back to posting regularly now!  Thank you for your patience 🙂

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