A favorite Zen proverb... Those who speak, don't know, and, those who know, don't speak. My approach to painting is entwined with the idea of "painting music". Music, especially improvisational jazz, is probably the highest authority on how to live life. Painting is a way to get close to that –– the silent brush in search of sound. If I could approximate - in art - the colors, notes, rhythms, tones, and textures that Mile Davis, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane (and today Brad Mehldau) put into sound, then I would be very pleased. Much like research scientists, artists are usually interested in everything. They go in search of problems because they are curious and anxious to learn. But it should not be a forced adventure. Artists I admire most seem to do only what is easy, effortless, and enjoyable -- while still eating. The artist Georgia O'Keefe once said: I am glad I want everything in the world -- good and bad -- bitter and sweet -- I want it all. Both art and science are characterized by discovery, creativity, and innovation. They are interpretative activities –– they are both about meaning and they both use models and metaphors to make the invisible visible, to provide some sort of explanation. This reminds of the story of the small girl who when asked by her teacher what her drawing was supposed to be replied: it is a picture of God. And when the teacher said no one knows what God looks like, the girl responded: they will in a minute when I am finished. I think that abstract art is about embracing uncertainty and putting it to music. It's about leaving expectations and judgments behind because they infect us with impatience, disappointment, anger, and rigidity. Sometimes we think that expectations allow us some degree of control. In reality expectations control us. If the artist leaves those things behind s/he can move on to experience the natural combustion that comes from the mix of wonder, spontaneity, imagination, creativity, resourcefulness, and fun. To me, art is an attempt to answer questions. Sometimes you can't answer the question: why is it that when you try to sink, you float... and when you try to float you sink? The artistic goal might be to destroy judgment while seeking the answer. Another question: why is it that at a party the bankers often talk about art and the artists are often talking about money? I truly believe this quote, from George Bernard Shaw: The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore, all progress depends on the unreasonable man. Creativity is for everyone. Innovation is for everyone. And, art is for everyone. firstname.lastname@example.org +1•541•788•1229
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