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April 15, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 145

Artistic Creativity Helps You Make Every Day A Radiant Masterpiece

Did you know that Thomas Kinkade, the painter of light, wrote when paintings speak?

After learning this inspirational artist had passed from this life, I remembered his book that I had picked up, The Art of Creative Living, Making Every Day A Radiant Masterpiece.

This morning I took this book down and began to read it again. I want to share with you some of the thoughts from the chapter, "When Paintings Speak".

It surprised me to learn that at times, even Thomas Kinkade experienced some of the same doubt and frustration as I do. I expect that you share these thoughts from time to time, also.

Thomas Kinkade Shares His Thoughts.

"Too often, those aspiring to greater creative productivity feel stymied, distracted, or even a little bored as they walk into the office or workspace to face the day's demands. I know most of the typical responses and feelings...because at one time or another I've felt them myself:

  • "I'd rather be out in the sunshine than here in this studio" or
  • "I can always start a little later this morning or this afternoon."

He suggested overcoming this self-defeating behavior by finding a new way to go about your work. Seek a call that is so strong, it cannot be ignored.

Each Painting of Yours Can Guide You.

Do you like to work in the morning? I do. I like to enter my studio while drinking my first cup of coffee. There are always several paintings started at once. I slowly walk about, examining each one. Believe it or not, one if not more of my paintings will "speak to me". I envision the next step that this painting tells me it needs. Perhaps it's more light here. Or it needs a darker hue there. Maybe an angle I have painted needs to be corrected, or the focal point needs to be sharper.

By the time I have visited each painting, I'm so full of anticipation that I can hardly wait to get started. My goal is to make each painting, as Kinkade states, "a friend, companion or collaborator."

Here's another interesting fact from this inspiring book; Kinkade kept a painting in his studio that waited for him for 7 years without so much as a peep. It finally "announced" that it was ready to be finished. Finish it he did, and within a few weeks it became a "successful print release."

So paint while reaching deep within yourself. Let your light and your life show, and your paintings will speak to others, too.

Do you see the importance of listening to your paintings as well as visualizing them? If Thomas Kinkade sometimes thought that it would be great to be outside instead of in the studio, don't you think it's normal for you to struggle, too? His desire to paint meaningful pictures kept him on track. Your dedication can move you forward, as well.

My painting are at - not the style of Kinkade's, but they are from my heart. They record places and times that are important to me. Come visit!

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