It’s 2:36 am and I’m studying Michelangelo again. It’s my 12th time reading this 597 page book… I’m sure it won’t be my last. Art isn’t just about painting. It is about seeing, looking and understanding. It is about learning and about how we see the world and the history of those who came before us. It is constantly studying how they saw things and how they interpreted it and what they were trying to say. It’s about pushing the envelope of your mind and the endurance of your body.
It’s difficult to create great art without knowledge or experience- it’s not something you just pick up a brush and do. You first learn from a master who learned from their master who then learned from their masters and so on.
And it is something that requires your undivided time, energy and dedication… Every day you must look at the world differently, take in a new awareness … a new idea, a new creative breakthrough, and then you work. You create. You stop thinking. You draw, you paint, you unleash all you have learned throughout the day, the week, your life … There are no excuses, you just work.
Not many choose this path as it is one that is so difficult, exhausting and all consuming, and, if not careful, can lead one straight to madness as it requires a continual walk along the edge of the abyss. … But, in my mind, it’s all worth it.