Love and Freedom

Anne Gudrun Midsummer Forest Painting
Painting depends on freedom. When you’re feeling completely free, you can create, and this power to create is, in turn, the greatest freedom of all.
— George Rodrigue

Love and freedom. They're both important to me… And they have something in common.

They both require letting go. It’s a bit of a paradox… To receive you must let go.

Receiving is allowing.

I wrote about this in my Little Book of Big Dreams. Receive is the 6th step in the creative process...

I imagine it like a stream of creative life energy that flows around me. If I focus too hard on any part of this stream, I stop the flow and life becomes a struggle.

Instead, I match the energy of my desires and my whole Being then becomes a part of the stream… I ‘go with the flow’.

So it’s a delicate balance. You have the desire and intention for something, yet at the same time you are completely at ease whether you ‘have’ it or not.
— Little Book of Big Dreams

You “don’t care”.

Forest underpainting

In a good way.

In a non-striving way…

And then suddenly you come to this place of love. And you are free…

People are “looking for love” and looking for ways “to be free”. I think most people are just looking to be themselves, to express themselves and not care what anyone else thinks…

This is why love and freedom are important to me. As an artist I must paint and create what I am... And it must come from that place of love and freedom.

Freedom and love go together. Love is not a reaction ... To love is not to ask anything in return, not even to feel that you are giving something - and it is only such love that can know freedom.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti
The place where I had freedom most was when I painted. I was completely and utterly myself.
— Alice Neel