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It was a clear afternoon as we headed into Mount Rainier National Park with the Musical Mountaineers and Mitch Pittman. We were there to make art as the sun set on Rainier. Anastasia had her violin, Rose her piano, I had my watercolors and Mitch had his camera. The creative energy was electric as we hiked. As the sky turned pink and orange Anastasia and Rose began to play. Their music filled me with inspiration and I began tossing paint on the paper, moved by their music and the feeling of the mountains. Mitch caught it all in one beautiful take....
Picasso said "If only we could pull out our brain and use only our eyes."
When I am painting, I try to turn my brain off and use only my hands. The danger of using my brain is becoming overly worried about painting "right" or messing up. Usually that kind of thinking stops creativity and leads to lifeless paintings.