I recently painted a small wooden Christmas star that a studio associate gave me and had another associate inscribe the word “Imagine” on the front. I’ve been looking at this word for a few weeks now and thought of what an impact this word had on me. I began to visualize what those individual letters meant as far as my artwork was concerned.
I=image: “To form a mental image and then support it.”
M=meaning: “That which is actually expressed or indicated.”
A=action: “An act that one consciously wills or acts upon.”
G=give: “To set forth or show without expected compensation.”
I=instinct: “A natural or innate impulse to action.”
N=natural: “Growing spontaneously.”
E=effect: “Power to produce results.”
I have produced many paintings but never really reflected on the process of how everything moves forward from the onset of creating the painting until I saw this word. What is the first thing you do, or should do, prior to putting paint on paper? You investigate and form a mental image of the piece you want to paint and then support it with a brief sketch. You then take the image and actually bring meaning or life to it. Then consciouslyact on it by placing that concept on paper or canvas. You create your image and finish it without expected compensation (to receive compensation of course would be appreciated!).
I have always had a naturalimpulseto action when I paint an image that has great meaning for me – such a memorable vacation photo, a place of beauty I have visited, etc. Those paintings come easier for me because of that deep meaning and wonder about them. And because of continuously urging myself to do better I begin to grow spontaneously without given thought. Thus the power to produce better results is done without hesitation.
I am continuously inspired and supported every day by my Main Street Artists studio mates. Their supportive words give me strength and the drive to go forward.
– Gabriele Lodder