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Can you name 3 famous people from the Renaissance—who weren’t artists?

Catherine de Medici doesn’t count because she supported the arts. My point is that from the 14th century into the 16th (and up to the 18th in parts of Europe) artists dominated world thinking and the human race made more progress than it had in the 1000+ years before. Rulers and Kings routinely kept composers, playwrights and painters in their courts, and the notions of philosophers, scientist/artists (for science was more about imagination than rigorous study it is today), led the thinking of the European powers. The power of the people was in the arts.

Think of that the next time you think something you paint, write, compose, perform or photograph doesn’t matter.

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No matter what creative art form you choose, that mystical process in your head will be exploring the question of what subject to paint, photograph, or write about.

Technique is your calling card, but subject is the soul of an artist. Why you choose what you choose as the central focus of a painting, a novel or short story, a film or a photograph, and even a song, delves deep into the gray matter that makes each artist unique. It’s where you tap into the full blueprint of your experience via your individual emotional wiring to deliver your personal statement to the world.

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As a lifestyle, art is not sustainable—at least not the way we do it today.  Artists are expected to make a living doing something else, and then do their art on their own time with their own money, which we then integrate into our lives without ever realizing how important it is to us.

There isn’t a single person alive who has not at some point smiled at a picture, cried at a movie, swayed to a song, or filled quiet moments with a good book. We need these things as much as we need air, water, food and shelter. Because without them, we have only air, water, food and shelter. Picture that world, if you can.

Life without Art

Life Without Art

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