In my FEARLESS™ painting course, I am learning to paint BIG, to paint bold, to paint fearlessly. For one thing, I have graduated from painting on paper that was 7″ by 10″ to paper that measured 50″ by 72″. So I did paint larger, but I didn’t really paint deeper.
Yesterday, was the first time that I stood before the paper and realized that I wanted to paint BIG not just larger. I think I understand what that means and will understand more and more as I go along and gain more experience at it.
Think of the paintings and the books that you love the most. What is it that makes you love them? What touches you about them? If you assess them all, I imagine there is emotion in them that touches you in some way. With this thought, I began to realize that BIG was more than size, it was deeper. It’s not always easy to do, but if you dig deep into what’s important to you and express those emotions authentically, your art and your writing will come alive. It will ring true.
You certainly can’t switch overnight and it might scare your readers if you start pouring your guts out on the paper, but in your practice time, try to practice being as honest as you can. It’ll touch the writing and pull it up a level.
I am currently reading Live, Paint and Passion, Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression by Michele Cassou and Stewart Cubley. It addresses this issue of reaching deeper and bolder in your creative endeavors. The authors have sprinkled the book with wonderful quotes meant to challenge and inspire. I particularly like this one on our topic.
The great majority of artists are throwing themselves in with life-preservers around their necks, and more often than not it is the life-preserver which sinks them. —Henry Miller
Have a great bold day.