Jodi Hills

So this is who I am – a writer that paints, a painter that writes…


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Light source.

To create depth in a painting, you have to create shadows. Reveal the imperfections. And the only way to do this is to identify your light source. Where is the light coming from? This can be tricky when you’re first learning. That light seems to be bouncing everywhere, but really it’s just your hands, or your head. With practice, as I suppose with everything, it becomes so much easier. The light hasn’t changed, but your way of seeing it has. It becomes so much more obvious. So much easier to capture on canvas. And it wants to be revealed — the light — it wants to help you create a painting of depth and meaning.


Even as I type this, it becomes so obvious, that the same is true for the heart. It wants to be revealed. Oh, how I have stumbled in the darkness, but I found my way. I have let my heart reveal all my imperfections, but more importantly, all the light!


They say there are only two real sources, love and fear. And that fear can be a powerful one, but today, and everyday, I will grab my brush and my heart, and choose my source — my light…I will choose love.