I had a very interesting conversation with artist Liz Churton yesterday, which I quote with her permission (and add a thumbnail of one of her paintings).
When asked ‘When do you know when a painting’s finished?’ she says, ‘When there’s a balance between the eye, the hand and the heart.’
If I’ve got this right, she means that the eye is where the brain receives the sensory information; the hand brings the technique to the painting, and the heart is the emotion, or love, that’s so crucial.
Without the emotion, a piece of art, or writing, is just a piece of information that’s been processed. When the artist puts their emotion into it, only then can it touch another human being.
Liz says that it’s the child in us that feels things directly, without the adult’s intellectual censorship.