I'm off on a tangent on todays post, but i feel compelled to write it. after all this is the place i can editorialize, rant or bore and if you dont like it, you can click to another on your favorites icon, no worse for wear, right? stick with me tho'. you'll be glad you did.....
so here goes.....
i was cruiseing my favorite artists who blog this afternoon and i went to frank gardners. i really got a slap upside of the head!! he's a painter down in mexico and i love his work ethic and down to earth philosophies about life and his art. he's very grounded and one heck of a painter. anyway...... i go there today and he's got all these pics of his summer vacation when he came to the states in july. i'm scrolling down and here's his kid at the beach, at disney etc. he has a saying that ive adopted and if i was the tattoo type i'd have it tattooed on the backs of both hands. he says....."life sometimes gets in the way of painting"
when i first heard it, it was an epiphany (you didnt think this old paint-slinger knew words like that, did you?)
its so true!
i want to paint everyday. i want to get better at superhuman speed, want to paint over all my crappy paintings so no one will see them! i have a thousand underpainting techniques i want to try... on and on. nothing wrong with this in and of itself but ive become one dimensional. i dont want to be with people long because it takes me away from what i want to do. i dont want to wear a watch because it impedes the carefree, go where i want to go blah blah blah
this guy has a life AND he paints. He has a family AND he paints.
my point? if you read this blog and youre a writer you know what i'm talking about. if youre a salesman, you know what i'm talking about. this post is about life not just art and painting.
Let us not become so obsessed with our craft (whatever it might be) that we become slaves to it. we are to be balanced, whole and happy. i cant help believe that that is every bit as important as how you treat the edges in your painting or how your color harmonies relate.
do i hear an amen, people? LOL
thanks frank for posting pictures of an artist that has a life AND paints with passion when its time to paint.