An Artist’s Life: Art and the Mental State

Does an artist have to be crazy to make great art?

It is a widely known myth that artists are ‘crazy.’  Vincent van Gogh is the unwitting poster daddy of the crazy artist.  True, artists stand apart from ordinary people in the way they think and present themselves.  Often artists will go against the norms of social behavior and status quo and use the title ‘artist’ to justify their actions.  But there are plenty of artists out there that are just like regular folks and thrive in their life and practice.  

So which category do I stand on? Actually that’s tough to say. I guess it really depends on what others think. What I might consider normal might be the opposite to others, and vice versa. But I don’t expect to check into an asylum any time soon like poor old van Gogh did, unless I lose my mind and lose all control and sense of thinking. At least for me Art keeps me sane and on steady ground, my escape from real world surroundings when I need a break away from it (and believe me, I’m sure everyone needs such break from time to time).

I admit, that for the past six to seven years my art has been rather dark and depressing, muddled in blacks and whites with muted colors and many looking like a schizo was in town. However you might think of it, I can compare it to Picasso’s Blue Period. But I aim now to move away from the darkness and walk on toward more bright and happy tone. I realized I want more colors in my life and I aim to pursue it in the coming months. Especially with this COVID19 virus scare keeping us indoors I can definitely use some brightening up. I will keep you updated on that progress.

Have a great week everyone, and stay safe.

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