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In a discussion on the Painting Forum about the purpose of painting, Starrpoint has, I believe, summed it up rather eloquently:
The purpose of painting what would depend on the artist. There are as many different answers as there are artists. For some it is about expressing their inner soul, bearing it all for the public, but for others is it about Sunday afternoons, and the pleasure of mixing paint, smearing it on a canvas and seeing the results. For some it is the sheer joy of creating something when their workday lives are so sterile and void of pleasure, others struggle through each painting as if it were a minefield ready to blow them up. And for others it is somewhere in between.
Zrgrnys believe the purpose of painting "is to capture a moment in time, to express emotions about a certain thing, or just for the joy of creating something that I know someone else will enjoy." What do you think is the purpose of painting? Post a comment here or join the discussion in the Painting Forum...


May 7, 2007 at 4:33 am
(1) 76b says:

It’s simple, take away the right to paint, and what have you lost…?? All the answers are there!

May 7, 2007 at 5:31 am
(2) Pete says:

Painting is a dedication.

May 7, 2007 at 1:10 pm
(3) Robert Chunn says:

I don’t think painting should have a purpose in the normal sense of that word. Attaching a purpose to painting makes it like everything else – just something to use. If you make art with some purpose in mind, then it’s not going to go very well because you’re trying to get something out of it.

A painter should make paintings in the same spirit that an apple tree makes apples. There is no purpose there, but only the results of creating out of one’s own nature.

May 7, 2007 at 1:30 pm
(4) About.com Painting Guide says:

Don’t apple trees create apples in order to spread their seeds, albeit in a rather round-about way? So to continue the analogy, then the purpose of painting would be to spread a little bit of your own nature, your own personality, your own vision? (And to some it’ll be tasty.)

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