Making Art and Driving in the Night...
It is happening. Making Art is becoming like life. Driving a car in the middle of the night, using headlights to navigate a curving road though a mountain range, is a lot like life. I did not invent this image; it is a view of life from the philosopher and theologian John S. Dunne. One can only light the near future; the stuff around the bend is always a complete surprise. A car's headlights reach only a short distance. We make an effort to see as far ahead as possible, but we always fail. I have tried to know why I make art and where I want to go with it. I continually fail in this effort. The drawings I made yesterday remind me that I have little control over my internal instincts. I cannot alter my past, my genetics, my humanity. I work to change what I can change. I walk into each day with a body of knowledge. Every day I try to expand it, but I can only expand my knowledge by being open to the surprises of what I do not yet know. This is like the headlights of the car hitting new views, each lit from out of the darkness. Yesterday's second drawing took me by surprise. Its qualities are much more than its imagery. The emotions I feel when viewing it are deep and true. It makes sense to me. It speaks more than the sum of its parts. It is simple and yet complex. There is something about this drawing which tells much of what is most important to me. To be continued...
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