Get Out, Get Out, Get Out!

by lesley // posted on Aug 15, 2016

On a recent horseback trip I was reminded there's more to it than simply nose to the easel 24/7.  Not until I felt that equine rhythm beneath me, heard the rustle of leaves overhead, the gurgle of the creek alongside and the click, clop of metal shoes echoing on the rocky trail, did I realize I had temporarily lost sight of the benefits of getting out of the studio.

You're familiar with those Zen moments when you just know you're in the right place, at the right time, for the right reasons.  An intelligence greater than the human mind is at work.  Giving myself completely to the act of listening, it became clearly apparent that I desperately needed to be right where I was in order to rekindle my depleted resources.

It would be impossible to lend authenticity to my chosen subject matter without the experience of what it is.  So for me, it's vital that I get in touch with nature, preferably from the back of a horse.  This memory, etched into my senses, is what I then draw upon when I return to the studio.  This is the magic that motivates the desire to share the experience and is the silent communication between artist and viewer.

How can we be true to our craft without the experience of what we create?  How could a landscape painter or a floral painter speak in the language of paint without having spent time in the field or in the garden?

How do you go about filling up your inspirational tank?  Share your thoughts and insights in the comments.  You can be sure someone in this creative community will benefit.



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