It doesn’t matter how long I stay away from painting, I always come back to it. All my roads lead back to painting. It’s like something deep down inside of me wants to be nothing more than a painter. I dream about having a studio where I work from dawn to dusk, 6 days a week, merely painting pictures. I recently watched a documentary called, “Nothing Changes: Art for Hank’s Sake” on Amazon Prime video streaming. At the time of this video, Hank Virgona was 87 years old. He commuted by train to his studio everyday but Sunday, which took about 2 hours each morning and evening. I envision my life in my old age being like Hank’s. My gait is a slow shuffle, but I still go to my studio and do art. Art is my passion–the reason that keeps me moving in a forward direction! One thought that Hank kept referring to was what you see out of the corner of your eye is more important than what you see straight on. I like that. He always carried a pad of small sketch papers with him, and he would pull them out when he was on the train, sitting in a park, or standing at the edge of a crowd. Hank continually drew sketches and with a permanent Sharpie marker to say the least! This was his life, his passion since he was a young boy: making art, hundreds and hundreds of pieces of artwork. I recommend watching this documentary. Not only will it be inspiring but also encouraging, especially to those who feel like giving up on their dreams!
Why do I paint?
Every time I pick up a brush to paint, I am looking…searching for the answer to the question: Why do I paint? The longing for the answer keeps me making art and moving forward.
I dream my painting and I paint my dream.
Vincent Van Gogh