This past weekend I enjoyed an artist ‘date’ with my friend Blenda Tyvoll. We explored the Mt. Tabor Art Walk on a beautiful Saturday morning…. visiting friends Myla Raphael, Sharlane Blaise and Chris Keylock Williams among others. I’ve had the opportunity to see some fabulous gardens lately… Chris has created a beautiful oasis around her historic home. And I loved seeing some of the other gardens in the neighborhood! The mature trees, the family’s touches all made for an enchanting morning. I also had the chance to tour the Bishop’s Close at peak bloom along with another beautiful private Dunthorp garden! Such sweet inspiration.
It’s raining today, and I’m off to the studio… but what should I paint? I have a canvas all prepared, and I’m ready to go. Trouble is, I have too many thoughts running through my head and many of them start with ‘should.’ I think that often when a person knows an artist, it is tempting to drop hints like:
If you’re a painter, you’ve probably heard variations of many of these phrases. The trouble is that exploring other people’s ideas rarely holds our interest as well as exploring ideas that come from within.
“Every artist dips his brush into his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.” -Henry Ward Beecher
Or, as I read on Leslie Avon Miller’s blog today:
The only way you have anything to offer as an artist is to please yourself. ~Steve Aimone.