The painting I show you today surprises me. It is a revelation. I can transform anything I imagine into a two-dimensional work of art. However, I do not know what I imagine. My making art is research, discovery, of my imagination. Imagination is an outgrowth of desires and fears.
The skills I have gathered have shifted my responsibility. When I was a student my responsibility was simple: absorb knowledge. Now my responsibility has shifted to an ongoing search to live comfortably. I do not mean material comfort, but emotional comfort. To be emotionally comfortable one must accept here and now as reality. We all wish this was simple. Being comfortable means stripping away the distractions caused by misdirections and accidents. Some people use a psychologist, or psychiatrist, to help with this. Some meditate. I just make art. I am in an effort to better my use of art-making to quiet my discomfort. The work in front of me is revelatory.
I like the drawing I made yesterday. It was spontaneous, and a prelude to the three-dimensional forms created in the still life. Practically, for what seems like the hundredth time, I am discovering I am happy when I make three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface. Doing this makes me feel like I am comprehending reality. Is this a deception or a revelation? It can be both.
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