The impediment of being a problem solver...
That's right, it is not the best attribute if one wishes to live a simple life. If one has disciplined oneself into being a problem solver, every problem requires resolution. Yesterday I discovered my laptop was not printing properly. I spent a good portion of the morning unravelling the problem, first online, then with a live phone call to Apple Customer Care. The problem is not resolved, but I did find an alternative solution. You do not need to know this. I am trying to voice the impediment of being a disciplined problem solver. As one acts in this manner stuff gets solved, life seems more intelligible, but is the quality of life a good one? I seem to always be in the act of problem solving; sitting still and calm is a rarity. There are simply so many problems to solve. This is where making art comes in. It melds together contemplation with problem solving. When making art I do feel calm, and outside of the mundane. Art centers me on the precious qualities of living. Yesterday's one drawing is a good one. I wanted to return to work on the painting "Four at the Table," but the mundane printing problem preoccupied me. This was not a good thing.
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