by Robert Conway
There is no lying in painting, it is the absolute truth as to where you are in this world and who you are, no matter how many likes you get on Facebook, or recommendations on Linkedin, at the end of the day is that really going to float your boat? You just want more the next day, it is all so fleeting, is that are how we are measuring our self worth these days? Is checking our status or studying our website traffic patterns the measure in you are having a bad day or a good one? If someone ever knocked out our power grid, everyone’s sense of purpose would be scattered to the four winds. Taking a little time away from the cyber assault and painting is a good way of keeping your eye on the ball. the ball that I am referring to is reality. It is a great way to fashion an identity for yourself while others are just clicking and scrolling all the live long day.
What you are working on your canvas mimics your own existence on a small scale, you are mapping out part of your life when you take up the brush. It runs parallel to what is going on with your life. Organizing the elements in your composition is just like arranging parts of your life together so everything functions, it is the same exercise. Now having said that, I think painting is a lot easier in comparison because other people are not involved and you can just make up all your own rules to your heart’s delight. So unlike real life, things are all stacked in your favor when you are painting.
Painting is one of the few things in life that you can be absolutely sure about. I mean other people can deceive you, even your family and friends may embellish the truth a little as to not hurt your feelings. If you are a religious person, well there are a lot of religions in this world, how can you be so absolutely sure that you have thrown your hat in with the winner? if there is one? Images, movies, videos can all be manipulated, we are living in an age now where you truly cannot believe your own eyes. Your painting is something that you have total control over. I see it as a barometer for who you really are, in a world getting crazier by the day, it is something pointing you in a positive direction. A firm foundation to function from. A little bit of control in a world slipping out of control. Just the simple act of sitting down and whipping off a few brushstrokes on your next masterpiece can give you the feeling that in some way you are on top of things. It is something of permanence that will probably still be around after you are gone, and the Internet is past history.
March 9, 2014