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Isn't That Enough?

By November 14, 2012

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Painting is enough
"Many things already mentioned [in creativity destroyers] make me doubt why I am doing this with my time and does it have any value beyond the good feeling I get while creating."-- LC
I'm afraid my reaction to this is: "Isn't that enough?" How little do you value your own happiness that the enjoyment found in creating something alone can't be a reason for doing it?

It's interesting how it's more socially acceptable to spend time and money on pursuits of short-term happiness or entertainment that are passive (such as going to the cinema or theatre, eating out) yet spend it on paint, canvas, or paper and it's all too easily regarded by family and friends (and ourselves!) as time and money somehow not well spent.

The cliché is that you can't buy happiness, but you certainly can buy art supplies to use happily...!

See Also:
Art Materials on a Budget
My Suggestions for Art Supplies

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November 14, 2012 at 7:10 am
(1) Tina Jones says:

Excited at the very thought, I became entranced. Loosed your hues one by one, then intoxicated I dipped into the heat and cool of you. There I laid you on linen. Dancing under my strokes, you played free of names and numbers. There you sang in tones of honey and water, at other times flaxen oil. I smoothed you. I ground you, and together we worked or played, or loved, until at once, once, once I’d forgotten pain. I saw we’d breathed, timeless for nothing but this sensuality, born a life that breathed back of still livened light o’er scapes of land and body, in eyes that remembered the mother and father, the painter and paint.
Yep! That’s enough. smiles.

November 14, 2012 at 7:42 am
(2) Yover says:

A vital question as a reference I think to the current project. Maybe am I wrong.
The real problem is that the current project is the most difficult one because in a way it makes reference to our good education full of societal taboos. It is as if an inner voice was shouting: ” I do not like to be rushed”. Why? because we are so attached to our beliefs, our habits, our psychological and emotional stability.: it is so disturbing to break down our adulthood rituals. But if we want to be authentic as artist we have to make a mental “revolution” in our lives nearly each day (Lucian Freud was a good example I think), The crucial question is: “But am I able to move mountains? ” I have no answer today.

November 15, 2012 at 11:12 am
(3) Starrpoint says:

Too true!

yes, it is an expensive “hobby” (not) but so is golf! or fishing or any other thing.

Then you get the “what are you going to do with it?”

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