What is the artist’s duty?
Is it to invent beauty?
Is it to envision the possibility of world peace?
An artist may believe that one duty might be
the realistic representation of our crumbling society?
Should the artist’s duty be to paint the impossible dream, the deferred dream?
Should the artist mutilate figures to shock us into seeing our true selves?
Some artists will focus on “lo que le dice la patria.” (what country calls you to do)
Others will stress nature’s everlasting fortitude and beauty.
Paintings could be the inquiries we all have.
They can be a thousand garbled words no one understands.
A painting could be grotesque?
It could be an illusion?
What is the duty of the artist?
For me, it is simple. The duty of the artist is to paint a poem.
It could be an illusion? 9 Painting by Melba Christie (c) 201
All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.” – Pablo Picasso
At four she knows art is a serious endeavor
She even said she wanted to be an artist forever
It’s in her DNA a proud grandpa decreed
Look at the great perspective!
She’ll be a great artist indeed.
Look at her choice of colors
her palette is unique
Just like her great big smile
Her first exhibit made us all so proud
Her grandpa and grandma had to clap out loud.
Our little artist stands tall
in front of her art display
We took a picture to show everyone
and two minutes later
she told us she wanted to have some fun
and ran out to join her friends on the swings
now we are reminded
of something Picasso said,
“To draw you must close your eyes and sing.”
Poetry is life and a poet can be found anywhere. It is so delightful when
poets are appreciated and celebrated. Poets interpret life for us on every level. In my earlier post I highlighted Michael Hoppe and his musical repertoire inspired by some of the best poets. I look for this inspiration everywhere I go.