The Journey Into Art: You Don't Have To Know What Is Happening


“You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith, and hope.”

― Thomas Merton

There are as many types of artists as there are many types of people. One's art is about oneself. It cannot be otherwise. There is not objectivity in art. No science can explain it. Even if we can understand the workings of the brain, we can never understand the functioning of the individual.

That will always be the limitation of science and understanding. And the need for creative expression.

Consciousness is fluid and lands on what is needed or desired. A moment of creativity consumes one's consciousness and allows for an expression of something new. However that something new is present in each moment.

Art captures a moment. It captures a moment in time that reflects a more dynamic and persistent reflection of a reality that can only be glimpsed and never held. Art helps us think we can hold those temporal moments in our hands. It is a reminder of something more real.

A finger pointing at the moon is not the moon. The finger is needed to know where to look for the moon, but if you mistake the finger for the moon itself, you will never know the real moon.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

What we see in art is a reflection of ourselves. That is what art is about. The artist expresses themselves, and the viewer finds something in themselves that "rings" with a resonance in what is seen or heard or felt. Two people have met in a most indirect manner across time and space.

Some can create their art alone, in solitude, and never shared. That is not my idea of art. I am stuck with the need or compulsion to share my experience, thinking somewhere in the depths of my soul it will help someone else.

Everyday we see others expressing themselves in a manner that has nothing to do with objective reality or truth. It is in reality only their opinion or personal expression. It is art in some contorted way, as it is personal expression that has no bearing on the reality of the universe.

The moon is the reality, not the finger pointing to it. That is hard to remember.

For me art is part of the road of life, looking to express and share something of meaning to me, that I hope will help others. That is my artistic path and the path of my life.

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