Observations (in the raw)
The work consists, as Assael advises, in drawing all the time, in carrying a sketchbook and drawing all things...in making bad drawings as well as good ones - in learning to see profoundly and to make "as if effortlessly...an illusion of lack of skill resulting from working without thoughts getting in the way." Only a master can think without thinking, and the road to mastery is work." —from Daniel Maidman's article, Master Class, Huffpost Arts & Culture (read the article here)
I have, in the past, wondered about the idea of mastery, in anything really, and this article about Steven Assael by Daniel Maidman set me to thinking once again. I have met some really talented people in my life, but the word 'master' never really came to mind. Is it an outdated notion? I would like to think that walking among us is a modern day version of Da Vinci or Rembrandt or Mozart. I think the world needs masters, heroes, and myth-makers, of a sort. At least, I do.
Pat Greenwell is an artist. A painter and sometimes poet, he has been searching the New Mexico desert for a couple of years now, looking for lost possibilities and probable intentions.
"...mostly stream-of-consciousness stuff, you know...