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Where does art come from Do we develop art for the purpose of escaping or enriching our lives Do we find some simple solace in the fact that art brings us closer to the act of creation Is it a fundamental God complex that drives one to produce art and share it with others Art comes from the belly of my soul and nags at me Calls to me saying that I have something to give this world these people this era I wouldnt want it any other way since my art is my insides sprawled out in paintings My guts plastered against a wall with a sign saying Look at this Paintings show how hard I think and how much I want to communicate the sensual bliss of seeing hearing feeling touching and tasting I push my art into other peoples laps in the hopes that they will see what I have cooped up on the inside of me and therefore remove them and me from empathetic desolation I love my art and other peoples art It brings me closer to a thing What thing The thingness of the thing The painting is beauty to me There must be beauty of some variety for me to think that a painting is worthwhile I identify with craftsmanship and innovation Those are my standards for a painting If I look at what I produce and feel that it lacks either or both its not worth my time or anyone elses Craftsmanship is a fundamental principle of knowing a medium mastering it and having dedication intensity and passion or obsession to complete a project When I dont feel confident in the craftsmanship of a painting I feel like Im buying a Rolodex off some guy on the street He may have a sweet pitch to give me that makes me think hes got something decent but what it boils down to is common sense Dont buy
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