Its about artistic freedom, artist license.
The joy of expressing in paints, brushstrokes, color, the things you’d like to say with words… but can’t.
Communicate Through the Arts
If I was a singer, maybe the words would be clear and perfect.
And elegant, eloquent, full ranged. Sounding lovely and lyrical.
But then, maybe not.
” A great singer has to learn how to Inhabit a song.
You may not be able to hit all the notes. That’s OK.
You may not have the clearest Tone. You may not have the greatest range.
But if, you can Inhabit a song, you can communicate.”
This is a quote from Springsteen’s December 19, 2016 PBS interview.
As artists, in any profession, in any media….. that, is a very fine goal to take to heart.
(Living, Abiding in the place)
I feel that in this landscape watercolor I do inhabit the painting.
It typifies me. It is a signature Debi Riley artwork. Unique to me. Created from my memories.
As I paint, I remember…. the Pages River in Murrurrundi.
The tall vertical poplar trees that dot the area.
I recall, the hill across from the Emirates thoroughbred stud farm, paddocks filled with gleaming broodmares.
The many times I’ve visited there and the soft spot it holds in my heart.
This location means something to me.
This subject – has meaning.
And so, it is easy for me to inhabit the artwork as I create.
We can All… do this.
Beginners, yes, right on to the advanced.
Singers, chefs, writers, composers, painters, whatever.
But, what we must do, however, is dare to
be our own selves,
to inhabit our songs… our creations.