“I was absolutely shocked by what I saw in that painting!” said the observer, “I had to do a double take.”
Hmm. Well, as much as I am not for intentionally shocking anyone with art just for the sake of shocking, I do have to admit that if there is a way of encouraging people to take a second look at what seems like old hat and comfortable to them, then I’m all for it.
So, continuing with this thought, I decided to re-view a couple of vocal messages that an artist might express, and sure enough, I discovered that I could do a double take on them.
“The only thing worth holding onto is a paint brush.” ~ artist ~
Do visual creators ever become so attached to their creations that they hold on to them for years and years? The short answer is yes. Why? Who knows. Maybe it’s because we fell in love while we were creating it and we’re afraid we’ll lose sight of that love if we let that physical creation go.
However, here’s what’s really worth ‘grasping’. When the artwork goes off to be with its intended, the art lover, the painter won’t have lost anything because they still can grab a paint brush and fall deeply in love with painting all over again. It will be at that point, that they will remember what it was that had the real holding value for them - that it was never about ‘a’ painting, but that it was about the process of painting; the journey of painting a painting.
So, whether we’re speaking figuratively or literally, when an artist gets a hold of a paint brush, everyone, including themselves, will have gained something worth holding on to.
That was one example where an artist can demonstrate a capacity to express figuratively and literally. The following quotes are where I had some more fun playing with words:
“If you need to see a message, then let me paint a picture for you.” ~ artist ~
“Some like to be dripping with precious stones, but to be dripping with paint is what I find precious.” ~ artist ~
“A reasoning mind will draw a blank on every empty canvas. That’s why I recommend you draw for no reason.” ~ artist ~
“To be an artist, one has to describe the indescribable with feeling.” ~ artist ~
That's all for now.