Ginnie Cappaert's Blog

Monday, May 30, 2016

"You've got to find the force inside you." - Joseph Campbell

YES!  you must pull it together find that force inside you and head to....the studio!

I have been working the gallery this entire week and have had no time for painting but that will all change tomorrow.  I am so thankful that I will have the entire week to paint in my beautiful, large Michigan Studio.  While the horses graze in the pasture, I will find quiet, uninterrupted time to fill my soul with happy painting hours!   Or as I will call it - work!

Yes, being an artist is work - ask any of us and we would agree that hard work it is.  When we are in the studio we spend a lot of time contemplating color, texture, our next move, it all is part of the process we must think before we act.  The process of painting like life, takes much contemplation, dedication, honesty, respect and trust.
When I start a painting I pretty much have to let go of knowing what the outcome is and just let the painting happen.  It is the artists dedication to their art that will allow them to finish a piece, finish a series or create an artful lifestyle.  Contemplation is a big part of your studio practice whether you realize it or not.  Artists spend so much time 'contemplating' life, landscapes, colors.  We enjoy reading about art, studying art history, enjoying nature and absorbing the influences around us. It is our job as an artist to practice Dedication to our art, because without giving 110% to your art practice, it would be to easy to lose what you have worked so hard for all these years.  Giving up is not an option.
Honesty is an important part of the studio process.  You must be honest with yourself while you are working on your art, you need to know when to continue with that same piece, or when it is actually finished.  Sometimes I find when I am on a roll in the studio that I find it difficult to know when the painting is done.  I keep 'working' it and sometimes that just destroys the good parts of the painting.  Sometimes it makes the painting better in the long run.
 Respect of ourselves as artists, our art, the process and the finished paintings is more important than some of us realize.  When we are in the painting process we must respect our own thoughts as we release, let go and let the painting happen.  We must also respect the good and the bad and realize that each painting is its own being and each are so different.
Finally, Trust in yourself and your creativity is the real thing!  We must learn to trust what we are doing and trust that we are on the right path, even if we doubt ourselves or the next brushstroke or the next decision.   Each painting I do starts as a blank canvas, a white surface and it is up to me to color and create that surface into a beautiful painting.  Some days it doesn't seem so beautiful but eventually the final painting is beautiful in its own way.

Ginnie Cappaert
May, 2016

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