Your Painting has a Secret Life
Dear <<First Name>>,
Listen to your friend, the painting.
Your painting-in-progress has a life of its own. A secret life full of mysterious destinations. Like a quiet friend, it won't jump out and tell you its secrets; it is waiting for you to ask.
Like a friend, your painting has something to say about what you two might want to do together next. Like a friend, it will tag along when you take the lead and make decisions. But also like a friend, you never know where - what wondrous place - you could end up together if you let go of being the only lonely decisionmaker.
Try stepping back. Really look at the paint on your canvas. Get ready to be surprised - because your friend, the painting, has a secret to tell you.
How do you listen?
Ask yourself, "What do I love about my painting?" Lose yourself in the beauty of a brushstroke, a scrape, an odd unplanned shape. Focus your attention on all the parts that intrigue or delight you, and let the rest of the painting--the parts you're not thrilled with--get kind of blurry. Give it time.... Soon you'll get an impression, an idea, a way this painting can go forward that feels like the rumbling of something exciting. Just do it!
Now it's a conversation. You wonder what will happen next! That's a nourishing relationship with your friend, the painting.
Yours in the love of beauty and spirit,
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