A Painting A Day: Day 19, July 22, 2012

"At the Park with Lois"
5.5" x 5.5" watercolor on paper

This is a plein-air painting of the lake at Central Park. It felt really good and natural to do. A friend of mine is marrying her fiance at the Ladies Pavilion (the little building at the opposite end of the lake) and I went with my good friend (and teacher) Lois Tobin to check it out. It was beautiful and cool, but too crowded on a summer Sunday afternoon. So we meandered across the lake to a cool spot under a tree. Listening to the soothing chants of Sai Baba (an Indian saint with wonderful messages of peace and great music to listen to while painting), we each set about painting from our hearts, that is, without thinking or worrying. 

is wonderful for introducing you to new concepts, artists and skills, but it can be burdensome on the art making process if your head is too full of rules and other people's voices. Last night, I was given the advice to "paint from my heart and not my head," meaning, to let all those worries and rules and concerns slip away while I paint. Focus on the breath, or on my heart center while the strokes of color come out. Let the image create itself in the way. My favorite artists were visionaries, rebels and often misunderstood until much later. It takes courage to be oneself, to stand on your own two feet, to be different. But this is what life is about, yes?

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