Artists paint as a way to stay connected to the world that they love. They look to the work of other painters to help them keep picking up their own brushes. Putting paint on a canvass is one way we to bring beauty into the world. We need more beauty. We need to share the way we see things, the way we feel and perhaps what we hope for. Ultimately making art and looking at art is to embrace our humanity. Art celibrates life and in doing so helps us live and breath through the quiet spaces that arrive in the midst of our daily routines.
This week I was with Brenda at her doctors appointment. The medical building was fairly new and though not an architectural marvel, nice, well decorated. There was plenty of artwork on the walls all of which was very pleasant and calming- simple abstracts and landscape views. On closer inspection I noticed that all these pictures were just reproductions of the originals and the originals in the first place were nothing spectacular. I couldn't help but think of all the artists I know patiently working away in their studios that would just love to sell a piece of their art and here I sit waiting to see the doctor with Brenda and we are sharing the space with reproductions of mediocre art work. This itself feels like a tragedy and an opportunity. Now I want to find out who who makes the decisions for what art goes up on the wall in these buildings. I can't help think how much better our wait to see the doctor would be with real art and more beauty in the room.