Thursday, November 12, 2015

Happy Little Words

We want to use a lot pressure while using no pressure at all. A tree cannot be straight if it has a crooked trunk. Don't be afraid to make these big decisions. Once you start, they sort of just make themselves. That's why I paint - because I can create the kind of world I want - and I can make this world as happy as I want it. Just think about these things in your mind - then bring them into your world.

Just make a decision and let it go. We have no limits to our world. We're only limited by our imagination. You have freedom here. The only guide is your heart.

Isn't it great to do something you can't fail at? When things happen - enjoy them. They're little gifts. We artists are a different breed of people. We're a happy bunch.

Just relax and let it flow. That easy. A tree needs to be your friend if you're going to paint him. In nature, dead trees are just as normal as live trees. Go out on a limb - that's where the fruit is. Just go out and talk to a tree. Make friends with it.

You can create anything that makes you happy. All you need to paint is a few tools, a little instruction, and a vision in your mind. Only God can make a tree - but you can paint one. This is probably the greatest thing to happen in my life - to be able to share this with you. Take your time. Speed will come later.

The more we do this - the more it will do good things to our heart. Be careful. You can always add more - but you can't take it away. In painting, you have unlimited power. You have the ability to move mountains. You can bend rivers. But when I get home, the only thing I have power over is the garbage.

Don't kill all your dark areas - you need them to show the light. Look around. Look at what we have. Beauty is everywhere you only have to look to see it. There is no right or wrong - as long as it makes you happy and doesn't hurt anyone. We tell people sometimes: we're like drug dealers, come into town and get everybody absolutely addicted to painting. It doesn't take much to get you addicted. With something so strong, a little bit can go a long way. The first step to doing anything is to believe you can do it. See it finished in your mind before you ever start.