Embracing the world with positive creativity since Sept 2007.
Drawing has always been a staple, a gratifying part of my being. It was the first creative act I knew. It is the first effort of a child to express perhaps what it cannot or will not express verbally.
When I start a new canvas I find that I am always apprehensive and shy away. I will only start a painting when I am at a space in my mind, my psyche, then I can give my full attention to the process. If I find that I have too many outside commitments I back off.
I allow my imagination through the act to bring forth the basic ideas of what I hope will be a successful creation. The slight movement of light and color begins slowly. A building process that will be an experience of speaking. Speaking in that particular language of painting.
I become immersed in the spacious present, moving to depict ‘the act’ as I follow my impulses as best I can, especially when they come three and four at a time. I move in and out of many emotions and realities, at times my characters, and I move away from each other as ‘they speak’, ‘move’ on their own. They carry me along.
It has been my personal experience that as I allow the painting to speak I become lost, it is delicious and at the same time frightening the best ones, to me, have a life of their own. At the end of each phase I am spent and wide open. The heart and soul of the work come to the surface.
The work can, and will find its own expression over all. Be it sad or joyful, or a sublime moment of deep meditation. My love for what I do comes when I look back at a work and can not tell how I got there…
Painting is a blessing and a gift. To me a way for me to express my love and my hope for this planet with all of its ugliness and beauty and my part in it. For truly the universe is my home. One.
--Luther E. Vann