Tuesday, June 26, 2012

What's it like to do art?

A while back my buddy Brandon and I discovered the board game Twilight Struggle. It's a pretty hard game, and very elegant. We played it as much as we could and got somewhat obsessed with it. We played it hard. At one point we were playing it over email and I was playing so hard that struggling with the emotional ups and downs of the contest became a significant part of my day; became a significant part of the contest. When you're in a contest like that, you play with everything you've got. You don't just try to play well, you try to break your opponent, to destroy them. If you did any less, it would be disrespect to them, disrespect to your understanding that they are playing just as hard. This is what art is like to me. I'm not very good at art. I hardly have any time to devote to it. I haven't achieved any very impressive results. But it's a game I can play hard.


Blogger John Harper said...

That's also what it's like to train with someone (in my case, combatives/martial arts). So satisfying! The same with any sport activity, probably, too.

We humans are wired to love that intimate, difficult, charged interaction, I think.

June 26, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Blogger JDJarvis said...

I love producing artwork for trade, I toil, complain, rant about my customers,it seems a real struggle, but ultimately I really enjoy the entire experience it keeps me intensely engaged and energetic.
When I'm doing lot's of artwork I explode in creativity in other areas so my artwork also spawns more.

June 27, 2012 at 4:09 AM


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