my dear friend (and seriously wonderful artist)- Claire Hill- introduced me to water mixable oils.
It gave me more life.
I think when I started painting with them I told strangers even... in a store. Hi. I am now able to paint in oils ANYWHERE.
and not be swimming in toxic chemicals.
( DO NOT SWIM IN TURPENTINE. that was just an exaggeration. and I speak largely in superlatives.)
People who chase a fast heartbeat understand what it is like... to be empowered and charged.
acrylic paint dries very fast. it feels a certain way.
oil dries very slow. can be manipulated more. and pushed.
to me, oil is more sculptural. it is what I love to use.
so this new avenue has been a gift.
I have also been staring at books.
and speeches. and sermons. and poetry.
I feel so lucky to be fascinated and affected by words and ideas.
I was reading one of Winston Churchill's speeches this morning.
and it was talking about imagination. and how it can be a burden because those of us who imagine-
we have a lot more to carry in our minds.
it's a responsibility.
we carry more things in our minds than will actually happen.
and that can be scary and heavy.
and we need to pray to have the strength to handle it.
I completely understand that.
and I would rather need that strength than to be less burdened.
It is a gift. to feel deeply and want richness.
to only settle for such richness.
and to believe in the potential of our reality.
Today starts today.
OIL. on canvas (thrilled.)
2' x 2' $500.00
it is a responsibility.