A doorway into most of my paintings is my photography. The awe I experience with camera in hand is invigorating and energizing. Downloaded digital files drive me to my artist’s table compelling me to interpret what I’ve seen. But is using my reference photos limiting my creativity?
My husband has often encouraged me to, “Just go upstairs and paint what comes through your heart.” I’ll nod and smile and agree while I’m headed out the door with my camera. But, for Light Divine, I did as he’s suggested.
Light Divine, 12×20 watercolor by June Rollins
No reference photo, no sketch, just some slowing down, deep breaths to quiet the mind static so I can hear the silence. And to quote Madeleine L’Engle, “As I listen to the silence, I learn that my feelings about art and my feelings about the Creator of the Universe are inseparable.”
Fine Art is something
You care deeply about.