My wife Lynn and I love going to the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis. We had heard that a famous watercolor artist Lars Lerin from Sweden had an exhibit there. It was our 40th wedding anniversary so we set aside a day to just hang out together. Lynn loves strolling through art museums as much as I do we connect there in a way that gives us both joy and inspiration,for Lynn is an artist in her own right and though she would deny it, is more creative than me. She is always quietly creating something.
I like to find out as much as I can about artists and how they work. So I was lucky to find someone at ASI who knew a great deal about Lars Lerin. They had a video on Lars and he talked about his art and what motivated him. As I looked at his work I said to Lynn, " I think he photographs what he is going to paint and he paints off the photographs." Sure enough that is exactly what he does. Lerin uses photography to inspire his work. Its just another tool in the tool box. I thought what if we could of had this moment with Leonardo da Vinci? What would we have found out about his creative process?
I love to paint, it seems to center me. It doesn't have to be painting I just have to create. I do not feel connected to this world if I don't create. I get restless. So like all you artists out there I create. I believe we were all born to create because Our Creator planted that seed in us.
But, why talk about it check out Lars Lerin's watercolor art....beautiful.