Happy Struggle

I like to share a website that I just discovered. Many very interesting essays about the perception of art and more! See below.


First I want to show you some details of a big artwork that kept my mind busy day and night. I vividly remember my struggle to make this drawing in Chinese ink with a fine pen. A happy struggle though…




Art, far more commonly than is recognized, uses visual metaphor to depict the process of its own creation in the artist’s mind. There are many stages in the conception of an artwork in any media, each with its own specific character. Some, like the initial meditation on a theme, can be relatively passive; others far more active. The process of transforming a mental image into a specific composition can be particularly frustrating and has often been described as a great struggle. We have all experienced at one time or another the agony of a writer as we try to express ourselves in words; artists and composers must do the same with images and sounds. Works of art are not pretty pictures without meaning. They are full of profound thought. The internal effort involved in placing that thought into an image – articulately, concisely and elegantly – can result in a full-scale battle within the psyche. We, the audience, may find that difficult to imagine when the end-result appears so effortless.

read more on http://www.everypainterpaintshimself.com/theme/creative_struggle/


Note: at the ARTCONNECTION in the menu on top of this page you can find a few new links to other artists! Click there if you like to meet them!