Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Coming Home - New Painting

When I paint, I get lost in the process. I was playing around with videotaping myself creating this painting and I was struck when I watched it and listened to the sound of how much my breathing changed.
It was like during meditation - it became really slow and deep. I often feel like I enter into a different state of mind. Actually, I know that I do.
Time becomes irrelevant and everything else falls away from me. I don't even listen to music. There's only me, my brushes, paint, and the canvas.
During the time I paint nothing else really exists. And because my paintings are pure emotion, it really shuts my brain off. I don't think about colors that go together or composition or anything else technical.
I just go with whatever feels right at the time. And then I step back and look at it. Does it feel balanced? Does it feel good for now? Does it feel finished?
And because I don't usually have a plan, I am most always amazed by the result. I know artists who are forever criticizing their own work. I don't. I usually fall in love with "my girls" as soon as they look back at me. And this one looks so kind and loving.
Sometimes I'm not sure if I am creating them or if they are creating me. Painting them certainly has changed my life!
I am always the one most amazed that this is coming out of me. I don't pretend to know what I'm doing, but I'm doing it. And I'm going to keep on doing it!
Coming Home
Acrylics on 18 x 24 in canvas
Somehow I am painting my soul and I am thrilled at what is pouring out!

With much love,



  1. Hallo Silke, da ist dir wieder ein tolles Gesicht gelungen. Die Farbwahl gefällt mir.Ich muss mich auch mal an einen Keilrahmen trauen, vielleicht in Verbindung mit Stempel.

    LG Biggi

  2. This one is a gem in every way


  3. I am thrilled too! And I am interested in your process so I appreciate that you shared it with us. This has been a lovely journey for you, and one which will likely continue for a long time. Just keep doing what you're doing -- you're doing extremely well! ☺ ♥♥

  4. Oh, she is just beautiful. Just beautiful.

    And she looks like someone, one would want to have as a friend.

    You should be thrilled with what is pouring out, when you paint your soul.

    Gentle hugs,

  5. Totally love your gorgeous painting,
    hugs Annette x

  6. I've loved your other ladies, but this one has beauty written all over it.

  7. Sounds like you truly are in The Zone when you paint, Silke!
    The "Coming Home" painting is very beautiful and expressive.

  8. Hi Silke, I am really loving the direction your painting has taken! This most recent girl is beautiful and there is a sereneness about her! I have to admit to doing a certain amount of planning before I begin a new piece but after I get started the painting and my brush are in charge!
    Hugs my dear blogging sister,
    Beth P

  9. I am so impressed! Following you so I can keep updated on your art. Lovely!