“Genius is not a possession of the limited few, but exists in some degree in everyone…
…To be an artist is to construct, and to whatever degree one shows the genius for construction in work of any sort, he is that much an artist.” – Robert Henri – The Art Spirit
“…I think the real artists are too busy with just being and growing and acting (on canvas or however) like themselves to worry about the end. The end will be what it will be. The object is intense living, fulfillment; the great happiness in creation. People sometimes phrase about the joy of work. It is only in creative work that joy may be found.
… the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.
The artist life is therefore the desirable life, and it is possible to all.”
Robert Henri – The Art Spirit
The past few weeks have found me on the road with tour groups and with friends. While embracing each moment, I have also dedicated time for sketching.
Robert Henri’s words resonate when I reflect on the interactions between strangers – how chance interactions open the doors to rich experiences. I treasure my time alone when I can focus 100 percent on creating art, yet opportunities for cultural exchange inject amazing energy into my life.
Many times I stop and quietly ask, “What is your name?” and the person reflexively slaps his/her chest and replies, “Me?”
“Yes. You,” I smile, and they immediately stand a bit prouder and hurriedly rattle their entire name.
Many times a tourist forgets that the experience is not all about being a tourist, but about slowing down and telling a local what’s great about his/her community.
Traveling opens that wonderful state of being that Henri mentions. From the flower markets throughout the country to the pastoral landscapes of the Andes, one’s day is enriched by slowing down and appreciating the local color.
The landscape and cultural experiences trump the internet, so for another week I will continue to be quite silent. Late at night I am too tired to work on photos or art, so I sleep, recharge my batteries (computer, camera and my own!) and step into new experiences with each day.
As Henri stated, “…the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”
I am definitely in that wonderful state and look forward to sharing more with you soon. Thanks for your support, even when I go totally silent.