Extension and Expression

“In time, as an artist’s gestures become more assured, the chosen tools become almost an extension of the artist’s own spirit.  In time, exploration gives way to expression.”

Art and Fear by David Bales and Ted Orland


One of the most important things I’ve learned is commitment to the process of painting.  All work counts. What matters is that I keep picking up the paintbrush and painting. I’ve had professors and other say “keep painting”.  I understand this now.  For within the process of “practice”, the tools become understood and “one” with the artist.  An “extension” as stated above.  This opens the door for true expression and authenticity in the work.  That’s what I am most passionate about as an artist so I must practice.

This weeks question for consideration:

How do you relate to your chosen tools?

Please share your thoughts on this in the comments area below.

Wishing you a creative and inspired week!

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