Sunday, April 4, 2021

Why I don't paint


Here is a painting of mine from when I painted:

It's pretty good. 

When I was doing suites of portraits of underrepresented groups like library workers, very old Jewish people, and laundromat denizens I was at my painting zenith. But while I was doing it I became more and more acquainted with the work of Alice Neel.

Here are some Alice Neel paintings:

So I gave it up.

There are more complicated reasons, but that one will do. 

While it might be necessary to reinvent the wheel this was more like trying to reinvent the horse.

"Is that a horse or a donkey?" people would ask.

It's a new animal!!!!!

So I gave it up.

Eventually I made my way more completely to writing.

Here is an example of my writing.

In case you're confused, "Here is an example of my writing." was the example of my writing.

Here is an example of the writing of Rilke:

The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things. 

Come at me, Rilke.

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