Art When Really Understood is the Province of Every Human Being

I’ve seen it happen: Most human beings get as far as, “art…understood” and they immediately turn back to what they were doing before the wild goose flew over the cage.  For whatever reason, however legitimate or lame, too many people feel disconnected from an essential fact of creation:  That we are creators and are therefore compelled to create.  Granted, I’ve known some whose method of construction is destruction, but certain high-end galleries can testify that there’s a market for that, too.


Let’s step outside the Fine Arts niche right now, and into the wide, wide world…


It’s simply a question of doing things, anything, well.  It is not an outside, extra thing.


Every one of us has at least one thing that we do well.  It’s probably something that you don’t even thing about doing; you just DO.  And if it’s not one of those things that gets noticed—or maybe only noticed when it’s not done—then you don’t realize how truly gifted you are, and that’s discouraging.


When the artist is alive in any person, whatever his kind of work may be, he becomes an inventive, searching, daring, self-expressing creature.  He becomes interesting to other people.  He disturbs, upsets, enlightens, and he opens ways for a better understanding.  Where those who are not artists are trying to close the book, he opens it; shows there are still more pages possible.

            The world would stagnate without him, and the world would be beautiful with him for he is interesting to himself and he is interesting to others.  He does not have to be a painter or sculptor to be an artist.  He can work in any medium.  He simply has to find the gain in the work itself, not outside it.


I must tell you about the latest dirt at Anderland!  My neighbor is building, and needs to move a small mountain.  We have a local contractor whose art is exactly that.  It’s amazing to watch him work, and I have confidence that the reformed landscape around here will be a masterpiece.  We have a general idea of how we’d like the property to look, and he offers new insight and suggestions that will transform the land—and he obviously loves playing in the dirt.


Museums of art will not make a country an art country.  But where there is the art spirit there will be precious works to fill museums.  Better still there will be the happiness that is in the making.


There’s that ‘art spirit’ again.  It’s ‘happiness in the making’ or creators creating, not merely moving from Point A to Point B, but taking a genuine interest in the progression.


Art [creation] tends toward balance and order…

Order out of chaos, or despite chaos.  Those deconstructive types create crisis when they need to feel needed.


…Judgment of relative values

Making mountains out of molehills, perhaps?


…The laws of growth

Birthing hurts, yet it’s the epitome of creation.


…The economy of living

That paradox of those who have everything, yet actually have nothing.


—Very good things for anyone to be interested in.

Unless if they’re perfectly content with moving from Point A to Point B, but we usually diagnose that as senility, which is generally a pitiable condition.  Ironically, the spellchecker overlooked my typo, “Pint A to Pint B.”  This is also a debilitating condition, even though it is generally applauded in certain social circles.


What is your ‘art’ and who celebrates your contribution?  Give him or her a gift of your creative expertise today.  Nobody notices or seems to care?  Then find someone who would benefit from your skill and surprise them today!


AIXcavating Robert Henri's The Art Spirit

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