“Drawing makes you see things clearer, and clearer, and clearer still. The image is passing through you in a physiological way, into your brain, into your memory – where it stays – it’s transmitted by your hands.”
As an artist looking at something is not enough to “know” it, I have to take the time to draw it so that I really “know” it inside my soul. Drawing a subject also gives me drawing “muscle memory”. The subject becomes part of me and I become part of the subject. I have learned from this process that this is really what creates an artist being able to draw without reference materials. The artist knows the subject so well that it just has to be called up not just from the mind, but from a physical place, too. It made me realize that this is why I need to paint what I know, to paint what I live with in my everyday life.
These last 5 years of drawing & painting what I know has also helped me to hone my identity as an “artist by-the-sea” because I am now only painting what I love where I live. This clarity of who I am as an artist means that I cannot paint or draw fast enough anymore because there is a “flow” that has been created from inside me. It’s like a wellspring of creativity has opened up & sometimes I sort of feel a kind of energy coming out of my fingertips. My brush & pen literally dance now. I also have a feeling that I am exactly at the right place in my life doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing in this life of mine. It’s a flow of art & a flow of faith, too. I feel that I am comfortable with who I am as an artist & as a person. Perhaps this is really what the journey of painting from the heart is. I have a confidence in my own artistic voice & it’s okay to admire other artists work, but that it’s really important to remember to stay true to my own artistic style because that is my voice & no one else’s. I’m forging ahead believing that I am good enough & trusting that my way of creating art is unique and valuable and that I just need to keep doing it without question to see where this takes me. I love this journey of being an artist by-the-sea.
NOTE: This painting will be on exhibit at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library in La Jolla. I am pleased to share that I am one of forty-three artists who have been selected for the Athenaeum’s 23rd Annual Juried Exhibition, on view in the Joseph Clayes III and Rotunda galleries, August 2 through 30, 2014.