The highest goal of any art

Highest goal of any art

Is so simple, despite thoughts to the contrary.

I was reading through some old content on this site recently - posts, quotes and postcards. In all honestly, I was dumbfounded. A lot of it just didn’t make sense to me. “What did I mean by that?”, I kept asking myself. And I started to get dejected because I just couldn’t reconnect to the emotions that inspired each piece of writing.

I began to think about my writing process and realized that I have never once planned a post. Sometimes I have an idea about what I want to write, but more often than not, I’ll be running or reading or otherwise engaged and a thought will pop into my head that inspires me to write. So I do. I begin to type and I just see where the words take me.

And that’s when it hit me. Just as art is simply the expression of one single moment, one idea, one inspiration, the appreciation of art isn’t possible in every moment, from every perspective, by everyone. Because I, as the artist, can’t fully appreciate each art form I’ve created at any given time, doesn’t make it any less valuable. To the contrary, it makes it that much more critical to create when inspiration strikes because that unique form of art may only be possible in that moment. Wait a minute, a day, a week, and it’s gone. Something may replace it, sure, but not the same thing.

All of which brings me to what I’ve come to believe is the highest goal of any art. Not to be revered by millions of people or to earn a steep financial reward. But simply to connect with one person, in that one moment when they’re ready to receive it. On any other day, at any other time, they might glance at it and move on. But on that day, at that moment, it might just change everything.

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  • Tre ~ May 23, 2011, 7:56 am

    Nodding and Smiling… And uh huh-ing and pUsing in wonder… What if we looked at each other thru that lens of inspiration too?we have that one moment to create …to embrace… to love…to be… So how are we tuning in to that potential? Your post as always touches me at one such moment… Thank you truly:)

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    • Jeb May 24, 2011, 9:55 pm

      Thanks, as always, Tre…we have some unfinished business, no? Hit me up and don’t let me slack off this time, eh? Thanks for dropping by.

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  • Karina Mia February 15, 2012, 11:11 pm

    no idea how i wandered into your blog…i think i was searching a howard zinn quote? but clicked images on google chrome and came upon one of your postcards…couldn’t stop looking at them, enjoying them…falling in love with one after the next…can only think of a few that didn’t really resonate with me…so please don’t stop…your method of creating clearly works for you…don’t get caught up in second guessing…your blog is beautiful, it spreads beauty to anyone who happens across it…so, thank you.
    Karina Fiandaca

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    • Jeb February 16, 2012, 7:27 pm

      Wow Karina, not quite sure what to say. It’s so nice of you to take the time to comment. I’m really glad, and grateful, that you found my site and that it seems to be meaningful to you. Creating seems to come and go, and though I can’t claim never to second-guess myself, I have learned to take advantage of creativity when it comes. You’ve reminded me how important it is, so thank you again.

      Cheers…

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  • Santie Cronje English March 18, 2012, 11:26 pm

    Hi Jeb,

    I randomly landed on your site too looking to finish writing about a painting a client is interested in… and this article really resonates with me. I too never really plan my work but just start a painting and see where it takes me. I have always followed my intuition and my heart… and i think it is just the way we are made. Pretty groovy to read how others in the same boat think. Appreciate your honest approach. It is all in the moment with creativity. But the creation can potentially have a lasting effect on those who appreciate or connect with it.

    Thanks Santie

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    • Jeb March 19, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Hi Santie,
      Thanks so much for the comment. Yes, all in the moment. So much of life is. Now if *I* can just figure out how to get there…in the moment…it’ll be grand. :) I love your work…keep it up.

      Cheers…

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  • Sarita March 19, 2012, 4:11 am

    Still a newbie to blogging… was not sure that my blog would actually kick a storm…its not and I am not worried…cause I get to write what I really want to write..at least sometimes

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    • Jeb March 19, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Getting to (and choosing to) write what you want is definitely a gift Sarita. Glad you started. Thanks for taking the time.

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