I grew up on a farm where I learned to work. If I got my work done, then I could go play.
In 2003, I had the idea to flip that; "If I got my playing done, then I could work." The thought brought excitement and a big smile to my face . . . immediately wiped away with thoughts like, "You can't do that, how will you get your work done? You have to get your work done! Who will do the work if you don't?" (Does your mind ever hijack you like this?)
Oil painting used to be toxic for me because of the solvents I used.
Turpentine was my first go to; made from tree sap that is secreted by conifer trees (like pine, cypress, fir). The tree sap is distilled to separate the oil from the resin, creating the solvent known as Turpentine.
After painting traditionally for many years, my world was altered significantly when spiritual experiences awakened my ability to paint more than meets the eye. When I pick up the brush, I take flight into a state of being in which there’s a life force, an energy, a quickening that’s translated through me into the paint and onto the canvas, giving shape and expression to the energy and visions I experience. It’s like the paintings paint themselves, it’s as if they have a life of their own.
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