Freedom - even to make mistakes.
We believe we cannot have freedom and be
committed at the same time: "If I am
supposed to be free, I can't commit" or "If I commit I am not free", as if commitment
limits our freedom.
In the painting process we bump up against this belief: I encourage free expression,
exploration and spontaneity and often ask: "what would you paint if you were totally
We take this to mean big paint strokes while not having to know what's happening or
where we are going. We believe the more abstract the better because then there is
more freedom to go anywhere and for it to be anything: "now I am really free because
anything can appear and become anything else, so " I can turn this black line into a
bird's beak and then into a baby's leg or perhaps it looks more like a ......" fill in the
This notion of freedom is deceiving and leads to confusion. We mistake imagination,
the mind leaping from one association to the next, with intuition thus freedom.
Growth happens when we respond to what is, but we must acknowledge what is.
It is OK to not like what we paint, to feel confused, to be disturbed or feel scared by
what we paint. We must know where we are in order to know what we want.
What would you want to paint? what pulls you?
If you didn't have to hold back, what could you paint?
You are allowed to express your desire.
Can you commit to it on paper? Can you be as specific and clear as possible with your
Painting Inside Out is about daring to commit; daring to be specific because "to be
specific is to dive into your freedom".
This does not mean you should plan your painting! It means you know where to begin.
Then you must travel without a destination.
I invite you to be in the unknown of not chasing what to paint next.
This is the creative process.