In the end, that’s all there is: love and its duty, sorrow and its truth. In the end, that’s all we have – to hold on tight until the dawn.“Shantaram,” David Gregory Roberts
Dark Night of the Soul, 24″ x 30″ watercolor and copper on board.
I tell myself over and over again that meaningful art can come from a place of joy. After closing my first art business and re-inventing my work, one of my mantras is that we can create art from a place of joy. We can celebrate joy in art and make it as lasting and impactful as pain. But the nights when I’m too tired to think critically seem the darkest, and they are usually when ideas flutter by that make me feel sorry for myself, angry at my art, and hopeless that I was never able to earn an MFA: my art career doesn’t look like the “real” artists I admire.
Inspired by Ola Gjelo’s “Dark Night of the Soul.” This art is real. Your feelings are real. The luminous copper dawn is also real.