One has to overcome the fear of rejection over and over, and be brave enough to face the critics

The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting
Vincent van Gogh

To paint is to show a bit of your soul, your beliefs, your spirit and your faith. Where words fail, colors and strokes convey. Deep seated subconscious comes to life. It is a way of connecting with your inner self, expressing your subconscious in a way that pleases the soul and the heart. Sometimes it is painful, and sometimes the pain gets birthed into a whole new look and feel.

There are a multitude of emotions that gets exposed when an artist decides to show his or her work at a show or a gallery. We all like to be liked.

Yet, one has to overcome the fear of rejection over and over, and be brave enough to face the critics.

Art is Truth.
The truth of who you are will be shown for all the world to see. Do you see the glass of life half full or half empty? Do you believe in the good or the bad. Do you want to share the bad like a brush with halitosis? Or do you want to paint life?

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures.
Henry Ward Beecher

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin

“To draw, you must close your eyes and sing” ~Pablo Picasso

As and artist you have the capacity to create life and hope. I choose life…what will you choose?


Dear Ms Leonie,
Tonight I had the honor of viewing your painting, “Out of Deep Waters” at the gallery show at St. Peter’s church. It was beautiful. I have never been so engulfed in a painting like I was in yours tonight. It brought me such peace – everything else faded away and I was left in pure contentment for a few precious, stolen moments. When I was away from it all I wanted was to come back to it and soak up its color and tranquility. I feel as though a part of my soul is expressed in that painting. The Lord was good to me tonight in giving me the blessing of viewing your painting. Thank you for this beautiful work you entered in the show. Keep painting!

~Elena Haynes


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