“To create one’s own world takes courage.” Georgia O’Keeffe
“Creativity takes courage.” Henri Matisse
This past week I showed a new painting to friends, and I prefaced their first view with, “Look what I birthed this weekend..”
There were times when I looked at the painting and silently asked, “Where did you come from?”
The painting and I were at a stalemate, and over the weekend, I gave it the reins. The struggle vaporized, and we galloped over the finish line!
Cindy Ricksgers published her timeout for art early this morning, and some of her words nailed what I intended to write.
“Sometimes – we’ve all experienced it – good art just happens.
Out of the midst of the struggle – to find the value, to correct the perspective, to get the color right – with artwork-in-progress that occupies hours and hours over the span of many weeks…comes a piece that seems to be birthed fully grown, without angst or worry or even much forethought.
It seems almost unbelievable, like magic…or a miracle.
I love when it happens, but I don’t trust it.” *Cindy Ricksgers – Timeout for Art – Process
When I look at this painting, and at the ‘eyeball rock,’ I smile and enjoy sharing this closing quote:
“Those who dance are thought to be quite insane by those who cannot hear the music.” –Angela Monet
May all of you have the courage to dance, music or not!