|'The Moment of Truth' 9x12 pastel SOLD|
I'd like to share the inspiration behind this painting because it something that has had a big impact on the direction my paintings have taken. I have shared this story before but it is a message that is worth repeating. I call this painting 'The Moment of Truth' because it was another plein air version of these same 'weeds' that I did a workshop several years ago that gave me an epiphany of sorts.
I was at a Stan Sperlak workshop on his Crow Creek Farm. The painting I did was a last minute plein air study that I did while cleaning up for the day. I couldn't resist the lighting on the tiny patch of weeds. I shared the painting at the end of workshop critique and it sparked a conversation about finding the subject that speaks to you. Stan talked about the importance of finding our own Truth....what it was that truly spoke to us and compelled us to paint. These are the things that will allow us to do our best work. I realized that my Truth was nature and landscapes but the more close-up intimate view. I realized how excited I got by seeing a field of wildflowers or weeds by the roadside. I am most in my zone when painting these subjects. I realized that it was OK to paint the weeds as my husband called my wildflower paintings.
That discussion about finding the truth has had a huge impact on me and my work. I may experiment with other things and try new subjects but I always happily return to my own Truth and find ways to paint what speaks to me the loudest.