|Posted by Jane Latus Emmert on July 29, 2011 at 8:22 AM|
The weather was gray and cloudy in Glacier Park this week but I camped and painted anyway. Each year I promise myself I'll take a week out of my busy life and relax in Glacier. This was my week. I set up my white art awning in my campsite just past the fire pit so if I needed extra warmth I could start a fire. (Usually when I do that I get smoke in my awning space instead of warmth, but it's a good theory, anyway!)
A few years ago I was selected to be an "Artist in the Wilderness" and I spent 10 days in the Bob Marshall wilderness in a rustic Forest Service cabin. The goal of the program is to allow artists to expand and explore their craft. I loved the experience and even wrote a small book as part of my program called "An Uncivilized Woman." The premise of the story was that my time in the wilderness convinced me that deep in my soul I'm an uncivilized woman and wish to remain so.
That experience motivated me to make my annual getaway to Glacier National Park. I paint the majestic mountains reflected in the pristine lakes on some days, but on others I stay under my awning and paint using experimental colors and textures. I give myself "permission to play" with the paint, with textures, with design and colors...and my soul sings inside of me. I wish I could bottle and give away the joy that bubbles up inside me when I paint. If everyone could feel this feeling then the world would certainly be a better place!
One challenge to painting wild and free is thinking about whether other people will like what I've created or not. I have to let go of all of those feelings and again give myself "permission to play." Play and play and play! I think you'll see my joyful, playful attitude in this newest piece. It makes me smile every time I look at it!