Reaching a place of soul painting is a gift. In a recent interview Bill Gates was quoted in Rolling Stones Magazine as saying:
“The mystery and the beauty of the world is overwhelmingly amazing, and there’s no scientific explanation of how it came about. I think it makes sense to believe in God, but exactly what decisions in your life you make differently because of it, I don’t know.”
For an artist, a deep connection at the very creation center comes into play when they paint. We see the sky as azure, blue-green, blush, amber, tangerine, citron and turquoise. Our senses are heightened when we transfer these color plays onto canvas and make it appear multi-dimensional when actually it is just a flat surface. For me, reaching a place of soul painting takes a real look at many aspects of a paintings possibilities. When connected, the paint flows and creation blooms. I make different decisions when I reach that plateau.
The second painting below started with a visit to the Grand Tetons. I stood breathless at the foot of these granite monsters, feeling my diminutive existence in the face of God’s grand plans: it inspired a place of soul painting later in the studio. I had an idea that the mountains were to stand against a verdant valley. However, I soon realized I was un-happy with the execution and put the piece away for a few months. On a day when the soul was centered, I pulled the piece and soon recognized the grazing animals and trees stole grandeur from the towering mountains. I repainted the foreground and rocks, spicing up the peaks with more contrast. “Teton Paradise” was born.