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This is a piece from about 4 years ago. It was created just after my mom passed away. Even though it will not be exhibited in A Roomful Of Ghosts, it is one of a handful of inspiration pieces that I am currently being motivated by. “Untitled”, mixed media on wood, 24”x 18”, © 2018 David Limrite

“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
e.e. cummings, author

The Quest For Personal Expression

The quest for personal expression requires letting go. Letting go of preconceived ideas about how your current painting should look when it’s finished. Letting go of your last painting, (No matter whether it was a success or a failure). Letting go of your thoughts about the next painting after this one. Letting go of your ego. Letting go of the urge to play it safe, to be timid, to court preciousness, to avoid risks, and to stay safe with what you know.

The quest for personal expression requires that you do not overthink it. That you do not think too many moves ahead. That you don’t have to have everything all planned out ahead of time before you begin. That you should not worry about whether what you are creating is right or wrong. That you not allow yourself to be encumbered by all of the shoulda-coulda-wouldas.

The quest for personal expression requires that you create from your heart not your head. That you listen to your painting,(Yes, it’s talking to you). That you are present at the creation of your own painting. That you watch what is happening on the surface of your painting as you work on it. That you trust your instincts, (and your talent). That you embrace making choices. That you push fear, self-doubt and procrastination out of the way.

The quest for personal expression requires that you focus on the journey and the process. Always.






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October 5 - December 2, 2018

I will be an artist-in-residence at the museum for the entire two month run of the show creating 10 new paintings from start to finish. Come watch me work, ask questions and follow my progress. Save the date and click here for more details.

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