Photo by Yoyo on flickr
"It is loneliness that has led me to create." Maurice Lellouch
These words can be found in an inscription on the huge tableaux that adorn the walls of Maurice Lellouch house in the Parisian suburb of Champigny. I have been haunted by this quote all week end.
The photo I have here is of another outsider artist who lived and worked in France by the name of Bodhan Litnianski. Outsider artists are those who make their art out of an internal voice that becomes too loud and persistent to ignore. They work with out any formal art education and completely out side the established art community of galleries, museums and art critics. They may in time draw the attention of the art world but only if their art piles up high enough to eventually make an impression on someone who then blows an art world whistle. I have gotten a lot of inspiration over the years from the various outsider artists I have discovered. I love the purity of their ambitions as well as their off the charts creativity. I also like how they don't go to the art supply store for their art materials but rather just pull stuff from the everyday world around them.
Mr Lellouch tells us it was loneliness that led him to create. Last Saturday night my wife Brenda was out with a friend, my kids were watching shows on Hulu and I was lonely. I made my way out to the carriage house studio and began drawing. After a short time I lost my loneliness because I had been transported somewhere else by the creative process. I would go on to say that even though I believe God is always with us, I think he gets closer when we start to make stuff because he really likes that sort of thing. When we are being creative, God's presence becomes more palpable. People may call what they feel when they are in their creative zone something different than the presence of God but maybe we are just using different words to describe the same thing.