I have a little treat for you this week. Last spring I shot some footage of myself painting, and decided to create a video of it.
It actually turned out to be several hours worth of footage on multiple projects- but you’ll be spared all of that. Through the magic of iMovie, I was able to edit it down to a manageable size.
The result is a 5 minute video that I’ve titled, This Little Light O’ Mine. It captures my painting process accompanied to music.
The music is a jazzy number by Yo-Yo Ma featuring the beautiful voice of Amelia Zirin-Brown. I love how she starts out slow and sultry, how the music builds and picks up steam, and how she bellows it out at the end in a satisfying crescendo.
The painting began as a drawing in my sketchbook from a past 365 project in which I created a daily sketch based on a word or phrase. That day’s word was Inspiration. I liked the drawing and decided to do a painting based on it.
I even wrote about it here.
As with many of my paintings, I felt that that there were some things I learned as I painted and wanted to expand upon. This one was no exception.
So this is what I created and what my video captures:
But my video isn’t just about how I created that painting.
It’s a celebration.
It’s a celebration of being able to express myself in paint and letting my light shine.
There is more to the story. As I was putting this all together, I remembered something my painting advisor from long ago, Kenneth Dingwall, said to me right before I graduated from art college.
He knew that I was about to marry and go off to live in London with my husband-to-be. He knew that I would have bigger fish to fry as I began my life, post-college, and might have to put off painting as I pursued a career in illustration.
He said to me, “You have a passion for painting but may have to put it away for awhile. I sense that you are the type of person that will carry that candle with you. Just be sure to let it out someday.”
Well, Professor Dingwall, that day has come. This video is dedicated to you for believing in me all those years ago.
How about you? What candle have you been carrying around that you’d like let shine again?