I’ve been fond of saying that “I’m not an artist; I just draw stuff.” Almost as regularly someone tells me that I am an artist and they can’t understand why I say that.
The basis for my comment is more a defense mechanism than anything else. I’ve tired of having so-called ‘art’ people, who can’t draw and don’t feel that artists need be able to do so, try to ‘advise’ me about my sketching. It’s not that I don’t want to learn – I do. I’m constantly reading, listening, learning. By my calculation, in another 20-30 years, I may begin to figure it all out. Until then I’ll just keep trying.
But I’m not interested in people telling me that I need to “loosen up” and “just let go.” I often wonder if Rembrandt, Durer, Homer, etc. were told they needed to “loosen up.”
What I see going on in the art world is, in a word, nonsense. It’s become a world of ‘how weird can you get’ rather than ‘can you create something beautiful.’ The art industry has been great at marketing the idea that if I don’t understand piles of garbage being labelled as art, there’s something wrong with me. And then this video came along and I just HAD to share it.