Discernment - Endeavoring to go deeper.
I don't believe the world really needs another picture.
It is enriched however by a thoughtful, sensitive, singular vision and each of us need to decide how we define that.
In my case it means greater discernment within all aspects of my painting.
I ask myself, have I distilled both the feeling & essence of my original vision?
How does my use of color harmony, shape, form, design and pattern serve to elevate the visual experience - and how can I achieve something more sublime without relying on exaggerations?
Nature doesn't need exaggeration to spellbind me - so, what am I lacking?
If I miss the mark it usually stems from two things:
1. My original idea was flawed
2. (As Rilke says) "I am not poet enough to call forth its riches"
What to do?
Here's my mantra:
Deepening my sensitivity increases my reception.
Deepening my reception allows for enhanced discernment.
Enhancing my discernment allows the possibility of finding the universal in the particular.
Finding the universal in the particular allows me the possibility of awakening to less obvious beauty -
And I love that.