Randy and I have painted with Charles Reid several weeks in Europe. While hardly painting at the top of a mountain after being dropped off by helicopter (Robert Genn has), painting in a group on a Salzburg bridge is close to extreme (for me)!
If you were flat on your back, permanently or temporarily, would you rig a way to keep painting? I know I would think about it, but am afraid I would let my not-feeling-good mentality interfere. Here is an excerpt from someone I admire who did just that...a way to keep painting.
Robert Genn's writings were introduced to me several years ago...8-10? I don't remember. His were the first art newsletters I subscribed to on the internet, before blogging and social media. I soaked up his wisdom like a sponge. Even set my artwork pricing as he recommended at a time when most other artists avoided sharing their own theories.
Since this blog is about the healing power of art, I particularly like the sentence from his post "The constant painting may have something to do with coping in the current situation." (Robert is undergoing serious cancer treatment) He is an inspiration to me especially because he keeps painting, knowing the esoteric benefits to his soul beyond making pretty pictures.· Enjoy his entire blog post by clicking on the link below.
Notes from the horizontal position
February 11, 2014
After several weeks working at the Badg-easel I feel I'm a bit of an expert at horizontal
At the beginning lies a combination of remaining casual and yet paying attention to your vision. Working mostly in positive shapes prepares the way for the design to come. Insecurity rises, but also the thought of what may be ahead.painting, and I'd like to tell you about it. First, to clarify, I'm working with no reference, from the memories of places I've painted en plein air. While not totally accurate as to geology, it's been a surprise how the feelings of places are hard-wired enough that they come back with a little bit of effort. Read More Here!