Yesterday I did my stint at Snug, the artists open house that I am currently showing at. We had lots of visitors and I chatted to loads of people about my work and, significantly, why until recently I have not drawn or painted for over 20 years.
Don't worry, I am not about to go into details about work and family and finding time in a busy schedule blah blah blah. I was going to write about possibly being 'too happy' to make art, and questioning whether capturing beauty is enough. But, luckily for you, just as I thought I had finished, I came across this advice from Michael Craig Martin;
"Don’t try to be too inventive. The more your art reflects you, the more it will speak to other people. If you are not sure what you should do, just do whatever comes into your head or catches your imagination. Gradually, it will lead you to where you should be. Making art is a path not a destination."
You can read the rest of the article here
Or to put it another way. Stop thinking and start doing.
So for now I'm a happy painter who likes to capture beautiful things. Its a wonderful path to be back on.