On Engagement

What is it that engages Artists? What's the story they see that the rest of us don't? What's the magnet that holds them trance-like to their easels? Almost like they're in a state of being all their own, and yet they share the same time and space as the rest of us. What is this state of being, this state of creation that holds them so tight?

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It's not merely an increase of curiosity that propels them, nor is it just an anticipation of seeing the final product. No, they are truly enjoying the process of the work, of the struggle. They may complain of wind, bugs, noise, heat, sun, thrust, shadow, cold and every less than perfect painting conditions, and yet, they continue to press on. To press on creating, yes, most times, the less than perfect painting. And yet...

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And yet, again, maybe that's the connection these artists have, these visionaries of what could be, these voices screaming, to anyone with an open heart, with each wave of their brush, "SLOW DOWN" the rest of you! Take in these moments, these so few beautiful moments we all have. These moments when cool breezes keep most bugs at bay. When the warm sun brings the gift of light and shadow that tells tales of Time's oldest stories. When thrust is quenched by cool water, giving not just the body, but the mind and soul it's much needed life. And when the dissonance turns into the symphony of life, it's then I see why artists paint, why they engage so deeply into their craft, and into their story. They know why fine art, and even the finer art of living life itself, is so valuable... It's giving the world a beautiful new story to enjoy.

  Photography by Steve Puttrich: Engagement - Where light, shadow, sea and foam performs their dance, contributes their verse, displays their vision, for all who pause.

Photography by Steve Puttrich: Engagement - Where light, shadow, sea and foam performs their dance, contributes their verse, displays their vision, for all who pause.