As I mentioned at the outset of my 31-day writing challenge: 31 Days of Methods In Madness, I’m going to approach each days’s topic according to a tip or subject of interest as it relates to the letters of the Alphabet. Today the letter of the day is:
Art, especially paintings fascinate me! Perhaps it’s because I love art, the skill, the vision, the execution, but I lack the ability to paint. I can draw in a rudimentary way mostly due to the skills learned from Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain, but painting escapes me.
And I believe no truer combination of method and madness will you find than in a painter. In fact, some say a great artist’s method is founded in madness.
Consider a few of the greats:
1. Van Gogh
Van Gogh is said to have lopped off his left ear lobe.
Picasso’s work speaks for itself. Note his methodology in the quote above.
Dali looked the epitome of a mad man.
Goya possibly suffered from paranoid dementia, yet his methodology seemed concrete.
Michelangelo supposedly suffered from bipolar disorder.
Gauguin, a peer and friend of Van Gogh admitted to dealing with depression and maintaining a successful method of painting despite that fact.
O’Keefe apparently had a nervous breakdown which took her over two years to recover to the point of regaining her creative flow.
This post is Day 2 in a series called 31 Days of Methods In Madness. To read all the articles click here.
P.S. What Is Your Favorite Painting?