2. It helps to be smart at handling the money you make at oil painting--I wasn't!
1. You don't have to be very smart to make a lot of money at representational oil painting--I did it!
3. It is far easier to talk about oil painting than to actually paint--I promise!
4. The collective IQ of representational oil painters today is lower than it was 125 years ago--the artistic brains in the culture have opted for feature film creation, for TV production, and for start up ventures--why not!
5. Oil painting workshops, art magazines, how-to art books, art videos, art conferences, art shows and art competitions, don't help the purpose--what purpose?
6. Ah, the purpose--that's the rub isn't it? The purpose is for individual human beings to create paintings that arrest the attention, that stir the soul, that point to the mystery-the paradox-the glory-the hiddeness of existence--that kindle the imagination. Paintings that don't preach but point to something previously unseen, unheard, untouched, unheralded in our brief journey on the planet. Paintings that shut our mouths and open our hearts and minds in ways previously unimagined. Paintings that shift the collective perception, that make us weep, or at least take off our hats in the presence of something great even if we can't talk about greatness. Paintings that endure over time because they are--well......timeless. Come on now!--you can add to this list--or maybe you just haven't thought about oil painting this way.
7. Number 6 gets to the heart of the matter--half assed purpose, motive, design--call it what you want--it's missing big time.
8. Art is in the life, not in the paint. The paint only let's others know that you were here and tried to paint your here--ness.
9. Since none of us can do the above--let's join the art as therapy movement, paint a painting a day for 50 days, sell our daubs to the rich and stupid, and call ourselves artists--might as well--it's kinda fun.
10. How do ya like me now? Who loves ya? Don