Wednesday, September 5, 2012

The Med Puddle And The Stick

The compelling force of all times has been the force of originality and creation, profoundly affecting the roots of human spirit.

Ansel Adams
Hello Bruce
The artist is one who lives on the edge of discovery. The artist is one who sees the brilliant stone that others don't see, who picks it up and takes it home. The artist is one who is isn't afraid to listen to the silence and describe the invisible. To the artist the creative experience is nature.

Painters look at paintings, actors watch acting, musicians listen to music. And one of the fascinating things and yet one of the most normal is how a painter can appreciate a work of art done by a good painter who works in a completely different genre. It doesn't matter what the style is it's the artistry that counts.

Those who know me well know that I'm a great fan of and know a lot about classical music and opera. At work one day something reminded me of a Donovan song and began to sing it. My boss looked at me with astonishment. How did I know that song? How should I not know it? I listen.

When I lived in Inwood, which is the northern tip of Manhattan Island, my bank was a few blocks away. Midway there was a record store which specialized in C The owner had a speaker out in front with music playing. I loved going by there and sometimes would stop and listen for a while. They were excellent musicians. Salsa was their language.

I think if you gi e him the right surface an artist could make a good drawing with a stick and a mud puddle. Materials are another thing. Ansel Adams was a great landscape photographer. There weren't always photographers. Someone had to invent the camera. With each new technological invention or improvement artists will get a hold of it and turn it into a way of creating some original work of art which defies what the invention was first intended to do. Thus we now have computer art and electronic music. Some day we may see some massive sculpture in low Earth orbit gliding overhead to please and intrigue the whole world. Think of it.

Why are we artists? We have to be because that's what we are. It's an obligation, a compulsion, a joy and a privilege, and because what we do nourishes the very roots of human life..

Dana Bate - Vagabond Journeys
Never Give Up

1 comment:

Arlene (AJ) said...

You always amaze me with your deep, thought thinking blogs DB. You'd be an inspiration for many who don't allow themselves to believe in all the possibilities out there if they were only willing to allow themselves to reach out for them.