Gravity: This Tug of War

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Sitting down to draw is a difficult thing for me. The desire is there but I’m often easily distracted by my thoughts, my daily chores, my doubts, my worries, my daydreams, my quest for inspiration, my need for social interaction and affection, the pressing issues of the world and my feelings of guilt. That last one gets me the most. How dare I try to shut out everyone, the world and all it’s busyness to focus on something I enjoy? I feel guilty for trying to add a sliver of artistic beauty into this life. Who needs beauty and art when people are starving, civil and human rights are being trampled and the love for profit has seeped into every faucet of our existence? I should be doing something more important or at the very least making some kind of political or social statement with my work. Shouldn’t I?

I wonder if other artists wrestle with such things.

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8 thoughts on “Gravity: This Tug of War

  1. Take this advice from a certain blogger such as myself-Do not think about the worries of today; Instead, focus on your drawing for 30 or 45 minutes..Once you are finished, then keep drawing for another 30 or 45 minutes…Works for me!-JW 😁

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  2. every day. debating if i should buy colouring pencils or rice for kids. colouring books or shoes. take the kids to the beach or teach them to read. sometimes you get so caught up in poverty and lack and corruption that art doesn’t make any sense at all. but then nothing really does. so in the end, all i can do is follow my heart. and my heart tells me to write, record and perform; encourage the kids to see the beauty in the sky, sing and paint their faces. often the cost of the paints and pastels is more than the last meal they missed, but somehow they don’t seem to mind.

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  3. Yes, all the time. So much so that I spent around two decades working with homeless people and addicts so now I feel that I have done my bit and can focus on art. It is by its nature a solitary and self obsessed activity.

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  4. Yes, other artists do. But here’s the way that I think about it: those people suffering wars, famine, disasters, all the bad in the world – what do they most want? They most want to have normal lives with beauty in it. So, if there aren’t people providing that beauty for them when their lives become normal again (which usually happens sometime along the way even after the most terrible things) – then there’s no point in being creative and being able to share that gift. So don’t feel bad about it: just do what you can do and let your art shine for the people who need it. Oh and by the way: when you’re down in a pit yourself, you need to include yourself as one of the needy. Be there for yourself, too.

    And… this image is amazing – very well done.

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