The painter must be solitary...For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion you are half yourself.
And, so, I must apologize for wanting to be completely me....for avoiding conversation during the process, and for avoiding eye contact with those who wish to converse, to make a connection. I love the extreme focus, the tunnel vision that painting provides. And when artists in class need to take a break, I completely understand, but hope that their meanderings do not disrupt the creative time of others. Painting, for me, is sacred.
Painters are not in any way unsociable through pride, but either because they find few pursuits equal to painting, or in order not to corrupt themselves with conversation and so debase the imaginings in which they are absorbed.
|Again Olivia watercolor/mixed on paper 20.5 x 13|