About the Artist
Hello! My name is Madeline, and I am an abstract acrylic artist located in Boulder, CO.
The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. I'ts got to happen inside first. - Jim Morrison
It's OK to paint: Discovering your Inner Child
Who is your inner child? The older I got the more I would ask myself this. Life was moving so fast and somehow transformed itself into one balled up memory, where I found it harder to slow down and to interact with each moment. My frustration became: how can I take in each moment? I mean, really take it in?
These fleeting moments that flash in and out of my present consciousness produce feelings that sometimes only linger for a few seconds. I would often contemplate, how can I capture these moments, how can I keep them, how can I pull them out when I want to feel them? It’s like when you look up at the moon, and wish you could break off a piece to always have it with you when you wanted to look at it again.
Through the frustration of trying to figure this out, something was going on behind the scenes. During each and every one of these moments, my subconscious would scrape off a little piece, and would pour it into a stream. Throughout my whole life, my creative subconscious stream was filling up. Through painting, I was able to adventure out and find this stream. This is where I met my inner child.
Illustrated best in Shel Silverstein’s The Thinker of Tender Thoughts, the older I got, the more I lost touch with my inner child, the present moment, and what really made me feel alive. I realized at some point, the present moment is not linear, nor is it a combination of past and future moments. It is, and always will be, right now. Instead of looking outward, back or forward, I decided to recalibrate, and explore my present self, and what was already inside.
What I told myself, and what I would like to share with you is, It’s OK to paint. It’s OK to do anything you want to do. It’s OK if you’re not trained, it’s OK if you don’t know what you’re doing, and it’s OK if you’re scared. I am not, I don’t know and I am too. What you see on my canvases is my inner core, my inner child, my inner creativity and my present moment. This is why I paint, and this is why I want to share it with you. Please enjoy what I have found in myself, and hopefully it can inspire you to find what is in yourself.