Jane Latus Emmert

Montana Artist


A New Year...and New Adventures

Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on January 6, 2012 at 7:15 PM

It's January 2012 and I immediately start thinking about end of the year paperwork/taxes.  I'm an artist!  I only do paperwork because I HAVE to do paperwork.  For me to tackle something huge like tax paperwork I have to first break it down into small steps.  I can't rush into it.  I can't randomly throw papers around and hope they arrange themselves into a well-organized file for the accountant.

In the same way, when I start a painting, I have to take time to organize my thoughts, make small sketches and work my way INTO the painting process.  Some days I want to just jump in and paint...but the end result is usually a bit grim.  Today, I'd like to challenge you to take time to breathe and stretch and sketch BEFORE you paint.  Enjoy the whole process...the planning, the dreaming, the thinking and the feeling.  What I try to capture on canvas is the feeling I felt when I saw a particular landscape.  There's a reason I feel called to paint it--and I don't want to lose that feeling along the way. 

Happy 2012 and may the process of painting give you great joy!

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