The Higher Calling
We have a
higher calling. That calling beckons us to the point where the
creative impulse of the artist and the interest of the viewer merge
into unity. Anyone who has stood in front of nature with a paint
brush in hand understands the overwhelming flood of emotions that
occurs. In trying to remember what the instructor has said, we soon
realize that nature cannot be duplicated.
quickly sees that this thing called painting is much more than just
making pretty pictures. As we look closely, we begin to understand
that each person is uniquely created to make a demonstration that no
one else can make. This is our higher calling.
Whistler says, The artist is born to pick, choose, and group with
science these elements of nature, that the result may be beautiful
just as the musician gathers his notes, forms, and chords until he
brings from chaos glorious harmony.
higher calling demands that we internalize the fundamental science
of painting. We must go through the trial of study so that it
becomes a part of us. As Mr. Carlson once said, You must mix brains
with paint! Only then can we set this aside and get to the heart of
the matter. We begin to interpret the moods of nature, as well as
well said that the learning never stops. Indeed. Nature may be
apparent in our pictures, but the higher calling challenges us to do
more. We must reveal ourselves.