A word about finding your Authentic Stroke. I have just finished reading the book “The Legend of Bagger Vance”, and although it’s a book about golfing, it also has a lot of wisdom for artists. In particular, you read about the golfer’s ‘authentic stroke’ being something that is there before he/she is even born. I can’t help but think it is the same for artists.
Have you ever painted something that felt so easy & natural – almost as though it painted itself? These paintings are always my best. The times that I can keep my analytical & critical thoughts at bay and just let loose to play on the canvas lead to the most profound results.
This doesn’t happen overnight though.
First comes the practice, practice, practice: DISCIPLINE (I know how much we artists hate that word!).
Then comes the study, study, study (of other artists’ works as well as critiquing your own & learning from books, workshops, etc): WISDOM
All this leads to the final & most important piece … SURRENDER! Such a scary thing to do, but so necessary in order to find your Authentic Stroke!
The more you continue this process of Practice (Discipline) – Study (Wisdom) – Surrender, the more authentic and powerful your paintings become.
Never give up! Remember that your failures (bad paintings) are your greatest teachers. Dance with Fear…embrace emotional labour…this is where you will discover your Authentic Stroke. You have a gift to share and the world is waiting to receive it. Don’t let fear hold you back.