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August 16, 2008


Angie Platten

Oh Pilar! I LOVE what you are doing with your piece! I love the colors and I see an emerging transformation happening on the canvas... a coincidence that it is also what is happening to you? I think not....

It's wonderful... keep going!

deb trotter

Jesse was right to encourage you to incorporate your imaginative drawings into your paintings. I can see you were inspired in the RIGHT way. What a fantastic thing - emerging! And isn't it good to be encouraged to throw away or destroy something that isn't - and probably never will - work for you? How liberating! You have truly experienced freedom and are finding your innner voice. Thank you for sharing Jesse with us. How I would have loved to have been there!


Judy Wise

You said, "Painting is something completely different, a Pandora’s Box, if you will: something good, but something horrible and unrecognizable may emerge."

This is the thing we all fear; meeting the parts of ourselves that are hidden and unknown. It takes so much courage to risk that meeting that few of us are completely open or honest in what we paint.

I love to hear about your search and the description of it was brilliant. Good thoughts for artists everywhere to consider.

We need to get it out. It is powerful and rich. Thanks for a great post.

Laura Miller

Your work is beautiful, as usual, and this post is full and real. I'm bookmarking this page so I can reread it often. I struggle to think that I can paint or create something meaningful on a canvas or whatever I paint on. Reading here has been very encouraging and motivating. Thanks for sharing from this deep part of yourself.

Mary Beth Shaw

First of all, I like this painting and love seeing your drawings. It feels raw to me, in a very good way.
It was so interesting to read about the emotions of the class and everything that it brought up for you. What an amazing experience and I am so glad you shared it.

Maija Lepore

I love to read every word you write! Your Jesse inspired piece is fabulous! I love your colors- much different from Jesse's- you developed your own!

Shari Beaubien

I emailed you before I had a chance to get caught up on your blog... This was FANTASTIC to read, Pilar, and I am blown away by what you created. I ADORE your sketches and hope to see more of that raw, uncensored you appear in your future artworks. Woo hoo! Hugs, Shari


Hi Pilar,
I read your post with great interest. What touched me most was the part about beeing your own worst oppressor - that's me too... ;)
I was unable to paint for over two years now and somehow your post encouraged me to just go do it - and be surprised by the result.
Thank you!



I love your entry on Jesse. A beautiful story for sure.
We only had 7 hours with him, in Portland, not nearly enough time. But we got amazing results and were all so pleased with the whole process.
I love what you did! I love how you got through it and your outcome. I am still processing for sure!

Laura Bray

What an enchanting and inspiring story Pilar. I can't wait to see your future work using your new-found knowledge.

Tally Oliveau

Not only did you share something wonderful and personal, but it was written so well. As your written voice has already done, your painted voice is becoming your own. We are all striving for that path; I thank you for sharing your side streets and new direction.

sue pieper

That was a wonderful post! I have to admit that I'd never heard of Jesse Reno until recently, and am completely in awe of his work. It is a totally different approach, but we take classes to be challenged, so if you look at that way there was no need to be discouraged. Besides, look how great you did! This sentence of yours "Yes, true in part, but I have been my own worst oppressor through my unmerciful self criticism, invalidation and fear." could be the mantra of many of us. We all feel like that at some time or other-I know for a fact that I'm my own worst enemy. Thanks for saying it out loud, making all of us think about it, having that bit of information will hellp us all acknowledge our fears & toss them away.


That sounds like a truly amazing a life-changing workshop! It takes so much to just let go and see what happens - tap into something even beneath and beyond intuition. I am very inspired by the energy of the drawings & painting you shared. I would have loved something like this - fear in creating is something I encounter constantly - and the need to control is always gnawing at me. This makes me want to go into my studio and just PLAY! Thank you for sharing :)

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