If there is one thing I believe in.....it’s listening to my inner voice. And I mean that I often hear instructions about what to do next. Sometimes that voice is telling me what specific mark to make, or what project to do next. I’ve learned over time to really do, quite literally, what I am told. This applies to much of my life now. I suppose I have had enough experience in life and in art-making to know there is wisdom always guiding me.
Each day I complete this one ritual, action or routine..... I meditate or journal almost every day. I need the quiet inner focus to figure out what I want to do next, or what I really feel about something. Sometimes the meditation is in the form of walking in nature. I’ve used a journal for many years, and it has been a constant companion.
I desire to.....become a kind and true person. To learn how to be patient and present with people. To contribute something with my art that helps people feel empowered to be themselves and to not fear failure.
Before I die, I would like to..... see a bit more of this wild and beautiful planet.
The book that changed my life...... “Life, Paint and Passion: Reclaiming the Magic of Spontaneous Expression” by Stewart Cubley and Michelle Cassou. This book got me back to painting when I was still working in a corporation. I became good friends with Stewart, and took many workshops with him. His work is extraordinary and he has a great podcast “The Painting Experience”.
The wisest words ever said to me were..... mostly in songs! “Slow down you move too fast…” comes to mind.
Optional 7th Question
One thing most people do not know about me......I’m pretty shy. It’s hard for me to be extroverted. I can do it, but it costs. I am a very simple person at heart. I like quiet, nature, deep connections to people and life, so much of what the world asks for is a challenge. I’m curious, perhaps to a fault, so that keeps me coming out of myself.
To learn more about Lari's creative practice, you can visit her website www.lariwashburn.com , and view her work via Cynthia Winings Gallery and Clark Gallery or follow her daily sketchbook drawings on IG at @lariwashburn