Observations (in the raw)
Should art be a struggle? I suppose there should be a fair amount of effort in creating, if not, why bother. I have been struggling for the past two days on a painting of me and a guitar. The one hand on the fretboard is driving me nuts. Hands are hard, but this one is proving extraordinaryily so.
A couple of things hit me this morning as I was pondering the day's approach. Perhaps I am trying to be too realistic and it has become stiff. Also, I don't really play the guitar, so I think there is a two-fold guilt going on here, because I also, have some issues about calling myself an artist. Afterall, I am not doing so well at selling anything. So, this whole effort seems a bit contrived, but aren't all of our lives basically just that? So, I guess the thing is, fake it until you convince the world and, more importantly, yourself that you are what you say you are.
Pat Greenwell is an artist. A painter and sometimes poet, he has been searching the New Mexico desert for several years now, looking for lost possibilities and probable intentions.
"...mostly stream-of-consciousness stuff, you know...