In the Wildflowers

18 Apr

Looking at a neat finished painting can easily make us think that of art-making as pure creative joy. A time when a person frees themselves of all that binds them, skipping merrily through a figurative field of flowers with a paintbrush made of rainbows.

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In some ways, that thought edges on truth, but in reality, there’s a part of art-making that can feel more like this…

Along with happiness, the creative process comes with uncertainty, struggle, and sometimes failure. I’ve witnessed many journeys Judy has taken as a painter and person. Like most of us, her path is not always clear, sometimes brings on a wave of frustration and even grief, all the while knowing that she will eventually have to put something new and personal on public display. #vulnerable

Part of what makes her successful is her persistence to keep going through the uncertainty, allowing it to push her where she wouldn’t have gone if she had stayed comfortable. There is a level of fear in painting, but she paints anyway.

By not seeing failure as means to an end, but as a necessary ingredient to a breakthrough, she keeps on making surprising work. The process may not be a field of daisies the whole way, but by not throwing down her paintbrushes, Judy usually ends up in the wildflowers.

"1 Million Flowers" by Judy Paul

“1 Million Flowers” by Judy Paul

-Hannah

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One Response to “In the Wildflowers”

  1. Janet August 16, 2013 at 3:52 am #

    Love this wooded flower field! It looks so warm and embracing.

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