“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)
Often when I paint in watercolours, I start with no idea of what the painting will be about. I trust, and I hope, that its substance will be revealed. I clear my mind and let the paint work across the paper. It is only the paint that matters. If I try to impose my will upon the paint, the image is untrue. But if I give it freedom and the marks are freed from my consciousness, then the evidence of things unseen emerges. I often feel that painting is an act of faith, a total surrender to that dab of paint on the end of the brush and to the unselfconscious marks that will reveal the things not seen.
This entry was first posted on February 10, 2013.