Painting With an Open Heart
This Sunday I cleared away all obligations for the day, eschewed social media and turned off my phone and turned on the music – this day I felt like painting loose and free. Most of my painting these days are landscapes – beautiful scenes of the Ranch and surrounds but they can get a little tight- but this day I had a strong urge to do a soul painting. I wanted a canvas big enough that I had to use my whole body and not just my wrist to paint. I wanted to start painting and not know where I was going. Like a Sunday drive wandering with no destination in mind – I would know where I was when I got there. I had been scrolling through the painter Flora Bowley’s website earlier in the week, she had some “how to start a painting” ideas and the one that caught my fancy was to fill your canvas with intentions- and so I did. The photo below shows my start. While I was making my list of words a line from one of my favorite Mary Oliver poems popped in my head – the second photo shows “ What will you do with your one wild and precious life?” in red.
Now my canvas was filled with good juju and ready to build my painting. The idea of a seed and sprout emerging came to mind as a powerful symbol so I let my paint move in that direction. I filled in blocks of color and layered and dripped and layered some more. Finally as my brush slowed on this Sunday drive of a painting I decided I wanted to bring a snippet of the Mary Oliver poem back to the front. Once that was placed I knew I had arrived – a painting straight from the heart! What a wonderful day.
I hope I can share this soulful, open-hearted style of painting with people in person soon – I’m thinking about Open HeART Parties in gardens and backyards and barns….what do you think? Want to join me? Let me know your thoughts….more to come – this journey is just beginning!