In my last post, Painting a Picture, I shared that I want to paint from my imagination instead of copying a photograph already produced from reality. The painting above is an example of allowing 1/2 to flow from my imagination, and copying 1/2 from a photograph.
After posting my last blog post, I asked myself what constitutes art. That’s a subject I took in college and there’s no easy answer. There are no guidelines. It’s more visceral. Art can be copying (it’s allowed) or visionary (distinctive).
What I did realize is what I’ve always tried to achieve in every painting I do. Regardless of whether it’s coming from my imagination or some picture I want to reproduce, I need to paint beauty.
Why do I think beauty is essential? Without a doubt, beauty is a higher vibration than ugliness. It’s more uplifting than something less attractive. Beauty is more inviting, less disenchanting. Beauty is Love. Ugliness is Fear.
When we’re feeling the surge of Love, we’re connected to the sensation of pleasure. It’s not difficult to look at ugliness. It’s all around us. We see it every day. But all that ugliness serves for me is a reminder that I have a choice. Do I choose Love or Fear?
Of course, if I tried, I could find the beauty in what others perceive as ugly. But in that instance, I am still choosing Beauty and not allowing the fear to enter the painting.