"Thoughts on Painting"

The Chinese Principle of Flow

From an Alan Watts lecture, titled "Taoism"

"The tao is a certain kind of order, and this kind of order is not quite what we call order when we arrange everything geometrically in boxes, or in rows. That is a very crude kind of order, but when you look at a plant it is perfectly obvious that the plant has order. We recognize at once that is not a mess, but it is not symmetrical and it is not geometrical looking..."

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Why Do You Paint?

Someone once asked me, "Why do you paint?"
And they honestly wanted to know.
And despite having asked myself the same question for years, I could not put words to an answer.

I'm rarely ever asked this question, and I'm glad.
The curiosity is usually around what I paint or where I show my work. Maybe because I'm more interested these days in painting (as a verb) than being a painter (as a thing), they understandably assume out loud... "ah, like a hobby, something to relax and pass the time." But it's not at all like that.

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