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Honest Audacious Humility

Originally posted on March, 30, 2008

I spent the last month along the Mediterranean away from my computer. I was also removed from the normal run of activity that parallels my painting. During this month I went for walks and painted. It is during times like this that I get outside my box (see outside the box thinking).

None of us easily admit to having been wrong. It is much easier to turn the spotlight on others: the injustices and mistakes of our society for example. While we are doing this we are not examining closely our complicity.

Throughout the twentieth century we have artists and critics making depreciating statements about the value of aesthetics in painting. Ugliness and magical qualities were cited as the justification. What utter hogwash. Somewhere along the line artists have lost the ability to honestly question their work.

Objectivity, for obvious reasons, is not an activity that artists easily enter into. Too much objectivity and you no longer have the audaciousness necessary to creativity. Artists allowed writers and critics to do their thinking for them. These critics became for artists what opinion pools have become for voters.

Most painters can look at a painting and tell you if it is an honest work. But they forget that great work results when we turn the spotlight on ourselves. Only by doing this is the basic ingredient of humility produced. Honest, audacious, humility.

Denis.

Published in french as HumilitĂ©, honnĂȘtetĂ© et audace

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