Woke this morn to Robert Genn's Twice-Weekly Letter, The Painter's Keys, and he is talking about art and gratefulness. Here's a bit of what he says:
...taking our materials into our hands, we begin to move along a higher path. Rising to serve, we raise both our quality and our self-worth. To feel the clay between the fingers, the brush in the hand or the sound of music plucked, blown or struck, is to move toward the grace of gratefulness. Life is a privilege, and those of us who choose the path of creativity, may just be the most privileged of all.
We all have our unique motivations.
And really, when it comes right down to it, we sleep to wake and we greet the day, each in our own special way. As artists, we lead by example and by the work we create. Can there be any better way to live one's life?
You can read his entire letter here: