Of all the newsletters I get, one of my favorites is the twice-weekly letter from Robert Genn. Now, those who recognize his name are probably artists. Even if you don't paint, Robert has a wonderfully refreshing outlook on life and the human condition in general.
The newsletter I received on April 28 was titled "Painting as tribute". An interesting read, as usual, but the one thing that touched me was the video he and Peter Segnitz made, which is below.
Robert writes "No matter how seemingly banal your painting motivation might be, something else can be implicit in virtually every project. You just need to think of art-making as a form of tribute.
A tribute, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is "a thing said, done or given as a mark of respect." When you think of it, all of nature and a great deal of what mankind has done are worthy of tribute. Further, when you consider appreciation of beauty or history or even the possibility of life enhancement, our art takes on greater meaning and more power.
There's a simple way to put this idea into action. When you approach a subject or a motif, pause and contemplate. Ask yourself what a possible back-story might be."
Delightful and refreshing. For more on Robert Genn, check out his site at: Painter's Keys