ART VS. CRAFT: Joy of Art Versus Drudgery of Craft

ART VS. CRAFT:

Joy of Art Versus Drudgery of Craft …

Art is Joy! Yes!

Joy is experienced! Yes! Not taught.

Art cannot be taught. Art can only be experienced.

High art heightens experience. It is a heightened state of experience. It is a means for getting high on life. It is an artifact of being high on life. It is the artifact of an artist high on life. This artifact, his art, may or may not succeed, however, at getting others to be high on life.. and share his joy.

Talent cannot be taught. Talent can only be discovered. Anything that can be taught about art is craft. This includes the teaching of ideas about art such as art techniques, art histories, art theories, including these theories. The only art involved in the teaching of ideas is the heightened state of experience some talented teachers are able to create in the minds of their students. There is little or no learning involved in a boring learning experience, let alone any art. Gifted artists and gifted teachers are able to create heightened states of consciousness for others. A heightened state of consciousness is the only rewarding experience art offers. If art fails to deliver this, it fails as art.

Gifted artists and gifted teachers are able to create heightened states of consciousness in others by first being able to create such desirable experiences in themselves. They create rewarding experiences in themselves for themselves, first and foremost. Only then does the possibility of successfully sharing their rewards with others appear.

An artist is a success if he succeeds in creating a rewarding heightened experience for himself alone. But he becomes even more successful the more he succeeds in sharing this personal success with others.. by making these personally rewarding experiences create rewarding experiences for others. Who really wants to be a big success only in his own mind when he can be a bigger success in the minds of others?

~ Joy Rip

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