|Seeing John Phillip Osborne at his canvas reminds me
of all the things I think of and value as an artist.
I know I don't have to explain it to all of you, but when I am in situations with people who aren't as passionate about art I find myself trying to explain and justify my commitment—to painting, drawing, sculpture, all of it. I mean, I relate to everything—history, pop culture, and even my own emotions and relationships—through art. It just feels like a natural part of me, and is the language that I want to speak in and communicate with.
That's why when I think of what it means to be a painter this picture comes to my mind. An artist, surrounded by his or her painting studies and oil painting sketches, seemingly lost in the work that is springing up before your very eyes.
I love the fact that the oil painting in the photo, a work by John Phillip Osborne, is so large; truly dominant. I think to myself that if I was sitting where the artist is, the painting on the easel would be all I could see, all I could think about. That is how consuming and intense the artistic process can be.
There is also a calmness and matter-of-factness to the feel of the photo. The artist isn't puffed up and putting on airs. He doesn't even look like he's aware his photo is being taken. He's lost in the work, and just in the moment, content to work and continue the conversation that is going on between him and his painting.
That kind of devotion and focus is truly what makes an artist. That's what I remind myself when I'm sitting with friends or family trying to figure out how to convey my passion for to painting and art in general to others.
But no matter how much I might struggle with how to tell other people about my love for art, my devotion to it has never waned. And I can say the same of many of the resources you'll find through the North Light Shop. You'll find instructors who have stayed committed to the artists and work that have enriched our history, allowed us to grow as artists ourselves, and given us the opportunity to share that love of art with each other. Enjoy!
P.S. What comes to mind when you think of an artist or your art practice. I'd love to hear, so leave a comment and let me know!