I found this from Amanda Palmer on Brain Pickings (really is worth checking it out) and it got me thinking…..
Throughout my 37 years of calling myself an artist this has been a constantly burning question, why do I paint? What is the urge that makes me do this?
When I’m out there, usually by myself, and the light touches me and opens my heart – I feel the pull to share that joy, to connect my experience with another in some way. To me a photograph just doesn’t seem to do it somehow, there needs to be the digestion, the breathing that happens through the painting process. The aliveness born into it that reaches out and touches into someone else….. and a connection is made.
Heart to Heart.
…..I love it when that happens!
you can see more of my paintings at http://www.ianhamlin.co.nz