"I search for the realness, the real feeling of a subject, all the texture around it... I always want to see the third dimension of something... I want to come alive with the object." - Andrew Wyeth
I know that our art always reflects our internal life. Our spirit speaks through the right-brain act of creation...always. One time I had some clients show up for a photo shoot. Something was a little off but I couldn't really tell what. We chatted and laughed. I captured some amazing photographs. After the session, I learned that the husband and wife had quarreled about their wardrobe choices. That discontent showed up in their photographs. Even though they had smiles on their faces, the couple was just a little out of sync.
We can't hide our internal life from the camera. The camera merely reflects what's showing up. In the quote above the artist talks about adding texture to a painting in order to add a sense of realness. I think we can look at that from a life perspective too. Rocks along our path create a life of realness. As artists, we have an opportunity to study our creations and notice what's being reflected for us. Our inner artist is constantly showing us a greater story than we might initially see.
Are you seeing your work from that deeper perspective? How are you adding texture to your art? Are you embracing the rocks and looking for ways to incorporate them as a layer of composition and story? Are you studying your art to see what's wanting to emerge or be seen?