Life as Art
Sitting in the cool Upstate New York evening, staring across at the calm, quiet bean field, now on fire from the early September sun, I feel linked with all of Life. And I realize that somewhere in this world, this sun is just rising!
It hits me like an ice-cold
shower on a frosty October morning at Camp Cutler, the boy scout camp just
north of Naples New York where my son and I spent one happy, beautiful and memorable
week. I see now, today, that there are always at least two ways of viewing the
same thing. You can view it as good, or you can view it as "bad."
What I propose to do for the
remainder of my earthly life is to put the best possible construction on every
situation. To an artist that is like putting a pure gold frame around even the simplest
painting. Something like "The Miller" by Millet...or "Woman
Bathing," by Degas. These are
simple subjects, painted by a pure eye.
Life is how you frame it. In
its purest form, Life just IS. But human beings constantly
analyze/value/compare/comment on everything they see. FROM THIS POINT ON, I
shall consider everything contained in my life as a work of art to be valued.