Artist-Why we do what we do?
First of all to avoid disappointment, I liked to say that I certainly do not have the answer to this.
Yesterday I spent the day with several artist, painting and talking about anything that we found interesting from the history of the west to Tiger Woods. We talked about how being a painter was an unreasonable mistress and that at times this made it difficult to maintain a relationship. I reflected on how many artist I know came back to painting after they had raised a family etc.
We all had varied backgrounds, from different parts of the US and our own points of views on why the world was working or falling apart. There was however no disagreement in that artist/painters just have to do art. There is a line in the Rufus Wainwright song- “Beautiful Child”
“Such a beautiful, beautiful child again
When I have finally found my room filled with toys
Be banging on my crib excited by noise”
This joy that I experience when painting is a child like bless. If anyone would like to add to this, please do.