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C. k. Agathocleous

Michigan USA

tree with falling leaves

Art: tree with falling leaves by Artist C. k. Agathocleous
tree with falling leaves | 10"x10" | oil on linen panel

I think I understand now what painters mean what they say, "my art is about the process". I used to think, how can that be? Doesn't there have to be some meaning, whether illustrative or philosophical?

I used to wonder the same about my own life - what is it's meaning? I think that the point of life is to live it; to be - the process.

When I paint and live with attention, passion, love and genuine curiosity, the act in itself is a state of being; a meditation. There are many ways to meditate using a focal point. Some examples of focal points are: a sound, a candle, a word, walking... Painting from life is like meditating to the focal point of the subject you are studying. Painting abstract, or process oriented (letting the process determine the outcome instead of a preconceived idea) is painting with the focal point being the act of painting itself.

Of course, all types are valid and have their different uses - all to the same goal: an attentive, enhanced experience of life.


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