Over the years of practice, I have learned how to make an exact like-image of my subjects. That being said, I’ve finally realized that imagination and creation are the next step to making art much more than ‘realism’ has to offer.
This entails having the courage to trust in the silliness of my sketches, and let my artwork become unlike anything else. Years ago in my humanities class, I remember seeing one of the most incredibly realistic paintings ever done by Pablo Picasso (dissimilar to what he is known by). I was awestruck that he would then choose to create the most curious representations of his perceptions.
He said, “when we were young I could paint like Raphael, but it took me a lifetime to learn to paint like a child.” Well that planted a seed…and here I am today, trying to create with the imagination of a child…
I am starting at the beginning and am going to share my journey with you. Embrace or don’t embrace, but maybe me reaching farther can strike a chord in someone else to trust in their intuitive creativity.
My still evolving understanding of what Picasso is inviting us to grasp:
| Have the guts to say what you think. | Stand up and be heard. | Be daring. | Stay curious. | Stay pure and innocent. | Use your imagination. | Nothing is impossible. | Live a simple and straight forward life. | Experience your senses. |
“Everything you can imagine is real.”
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
“There are painters who transform the sun to a yellow spot, but there are others who with the help of their art and their intelligence, transform a yellow spot into sun”
“Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working.”