What does paint from your heart mean?
For me it means painting my truth. Painting what stirs us, what we are passionate about. We need to have a connection with what we paint to give the painting energy. We need to be true to our own artistic voice.
So how do we do this?
Ask yourself - what takes your breath away -to see, to touch, to hear, to smell? What story do you want to tell? What causes a deep stir within you? What do you love? What is important to you?
I paint intuitively - never knowing where my painting will end up.
I start by being playful on my canvas - messing around with colour and texture, Using different tools including fingers and scrapers to apply paint. Anything that will make a mark is fair game.
I create visual texture with many different items most of which are from the recycle bin - bubble wrap, Styrofoam deli trays, corrugated cardboard, mesh citrus bags and the list goes on!
I use many mediums - acrylic paint, pastes and gels, crayons, pastels, graphite sticks - anything is fair game.
I draw, scribble, write, make marks, finger paint, create drips and dribbles by spraying water
After all the fun I step back and meditate on the painting - I listen to what it is telling me, how it makes me feel.
I look for shapes, messages, and imagery in the chaos.
Once it becomes clear what the painting is about I start to develop it using the technique of negative painting.
I respond to the canvas by listening.
This is how I get my inner truth paintings. They are always a surprise!
Some take a long time to develop others fall out of my brush.
If you do work from a photo make sure you are passionate about it and that you give yourself some creative license. I see too many artists getting hung up on trying to make their painting look like the photo. Is this really your truth or did you just copy a photo?
I encourage you to dig deeper, to listen to your inner voice and paint what is your passion.
"When you work you are a flute through whose heart the whispering of the hours turns to music. To love life through labor is to be intimate with life’s innermost secret. All work is empty save when there is love, for work is love made visible.”