the pale ground
beneath your feet,
way to begin
from "Start Close In" in David Whyte: Essentials
Young artists I talk to are sometimes confusing style and artist statements with voice. Your own voice is not something clever you do in every painting or piece so people with know it is your work. It is not an often too complicated explanation of what you are trying to accomplish in your artwork.
Voice is deeper.
It comes from the ground up,
through your feet, legs,
loins and heart.
It breaths through your
eyes, ears, mind and lips
and only then does it
flow through your finger tips,
Speaking from earth to earth and
spirit to spirit.
Voice includes perspective, insight, passion, expression, tone, phrasing, your body, soul, mind and spirit in dialog with the other. Voice emerges through conversation and experimentation.
You act........ then ask and listen........
Then do it again and again until you,
your artwork or the other has nothing left to say and
you can sit with yourself and know you have
learning something you didn't know before
the dialog started. You start again, knowing that
finishing is not the goal, neither is finding your voice,
both are outcome of good conversation.
"To hear your
you must listen
to the response of the
To understand the
You must first
learn to hear
your own voice."
- Tom McGee
Tom C. McGee, Jr.
Musings about mystery, art and spirituality.