“Why love art?”

“It is sometimes said that scientists are unromantic, that their passion to figure out robs the world of beauty and mystery. But is it not stirring to understand how the world actually works — that white light is made of colors, that color is the way we perceive the wavelengths of light, that transparent air reflects light, that in so doing it discriminates among the waves, and that the sky is blue for the same reason that the sunset is red? It does no harm to the romance of the sunset to know a little bit about it.” – Carl Sagan

One of the great passions that I have held deeply since I was a child is art, specifically, drawing and painting. These activities I have been sharpening since I can remember provide a great sense of spirituality, or connection to the beauty of life and the cosmos. The feeling of creation — of pouring one’s humanity onto the paper — is one of great power. The self-knowledge that one is improving at making art is also deeply satisfying — as if a thirst is being quenched.

Art has been the one permanent outlet in which I could sense the inner peace and intense inspiration that came over me as I connected to my surroundings. Sometimes I can feel the smile slowing forming across my face as I realize that I have depicted something with a level of skill I never had never achieved before, or that I have noticed some beauty in an unexpected or overlooked detail of my topic. These deeply personal feelings are what make art so important to me. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, did his spiritual exercises through prayer. I do mine with art.

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~ by jsacc001 on February 29, 2008.

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