"Mums the Word"
Oil Painting by Pat Fiorello
12 x 12
“The object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state that makes art inevitable”
- Robert Henri
Lately, I've been painting a lot more still lives and I'm really enjoying them. Not only do you get to choose and arrange the elements you are painting, but it also forces you to slow down and really observe what's in front of you. I find myself slowing down even more with still lives than when I do a landscape plein air when I'm moving quickly before the light or weather changes.
When I have that much focus , I'm in the zone, not really aware of what's going on around me or how much time has passed. It's a wonderful state to be in.
Reflecting on the experience, reminded me of a favorite quote from the artist Robert Henri noted above. Creating art can offer a state change- being fully present in the moment and absorbed in the flow. Maybe that's what it's all about.