The Second Rule of Art Club…

Do not talk about the actual piece of private art in Art Club says that art is: the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

But who is the observer? Who gets to define what is beautiful and “more than ordinary significance?”

Okay, I do. And I say that any time you create something – a painting, poem, story, sculpture or song – just for the growth it brings into your life [and thereby, the lives of all of us], THAT is more than ordinary significance! So do it. And do it knowing that you and I are the judges of it. I already love it… so we’re all halfway there, right?

BUT, let me be really clear that I’m not suggesting anyone stop creating art for general consumption or with the hopes of being generally consumed. Hey, I’ve got paintings I’ll frame someday and I really hope people will look at them and tell me how lovely they are. I’ll also continue to be a director and actress, for public viewing. This is about something separate.

This is about one painting just for me.

Honestly, the white canvas is still sitting on my easel. Isn’t that weird? For something that may someday be exhibited on my hallway wall, I am at no loss for ideas and action. For something that is precious enough to keep secret and private, I am as blank as that canvas.

Let me tell you, there ain’t nothin’ real special about that blank canvas. The hell? Why can’t I decide what to paint just for myself? Jeez, do I think this is MORE important than general consumption fodder?

Well, well, well, wouldn’t that be interesting?

I still don’t have any ideas for that canvas… will keep you posted…