Painting My World
I was reminded of a quote today by Georgia O'Keefe: "To create one's own world in any of the arts takes courage." This is true of all genres, but I think the statement has a heavier truth when applied to artists whose focus falls outside the realm of the mainstream; whose subject isn't easily identifiable as beautiful to most people.
All artists have to face scrutiny, and there is a chance that some (if not many) people will dismiss the notion of the artist having talent. But I think it's harder for the haunter or artists whom are more dark at heart, because sometimes people aren't just rejecting your skills, but how you view life, and what you deem to be beautiful (or what you classify as art, for that matter).
I've been reorganizing my office the last couple of weeks, which included the task of hanging pictures.
This painting (acrylics on canvas) is one of a collection I did several years ago, fully determined to put together enough pieces for a show. I never did see it through. All the other paintings created during that period have since been hidden away - in the basement, behind shelves, tucked into closet corners - but this one, my favourite, has always managed to secure a spot on my office wall.
Just thought I would share it with you since he never did get his time in the spotlight.