I saw a tree in downtown Honolulu today and I thought to myself, ‘I can paint that tree’. I could see the main breakdown of its canopies and the shadow areas of dark leaves underneath. I saw the sunlit parts of the foliage, and where the sun was reflected off the tree trunk and branches. To think that there was a time when I didn’t look closely at nature to appreciate it, much less try to draw or paint a tree in 3 dimension!
Painting is Inspirational
To me, painting is very inspirational! It gives me an opportunity to translate the beauty of nature to a canvas. I am now more aware of the unity, harmony and balance in nature, and the colors, shapes, and forms in the world around me. I am encouraged to make a personal interpretation in acrylic or oil paint, especially, of what I see in nature in landscapes, seascapes, or anything in God’s beautiful creation.
Painting is Personal
Painting is also very personal to me. Drawing and painting stirs up the untapped potential that was hidden and latent within me. It also provides me a time of relaxation and a diversion from my daily routine; a very different world from my swimming and other weight exercises at the YMCA, or the fun time with friends in my ukulele group.
My time for art is very private, between me, my canvas, and my paints. The part that I like best for me is that doing art is unpredictable, and even somewhat mysterious. Some days the paint mixing goes well; other days the colors don’t seem to want to cooperate. But still, it is a always a great adventure how things eventually work out.
When I begin a new painting, I always explore and adapt to the medium, and try new techniques to capture the essence of something. While the results of my efforts often may seem accidental and pleasing, there are times when my painting doesn’t turn out the way I had hoped it would. So then, I just move on to planning another painting.
Robert William Wood (1889-1979), notable American landscape artist said,
‘Composing and organizing natural forms into an expression- that is art.’
‘Do not take yourself too seriously, or your painting either, and both will turn out much better.’
Painting for the Joy of Painting
The biggest reason I paint is for enjoyment and for personal satisfaction. I paint for myself and I always think of my painting as an expression of myself. Like I once told a good artist friend, ‘My Art is Me; I am my Art.’ When I first started Art, it was just a hobby. But now, I see myself as an artist who is able to express myself creatively, and do it with a lot of Joy, and I also hope that my Art brings Joy to others!