Today I read something another painter said about the art of painting. This person said;
"that it is the responsibility of the artist to discover who we are, to tell stories, and to be the "eyes and ears" of our culture and tell the truth about society and the world we live in."
After thinking about this, I must say that the above is not the reason I paint. So why do I paint? I went back to my Edgar Payne book and found these words that speaks to things I feel when I paint.
"The love of beauty in nature and in creative work is instinctive and fundamental in each individual. Whether the interest in picturization is that of the humble, the unlearned or the cultured aesthete, pictures fill a definite need."
Sir John Gilbert says, "A room with pictures and a room without pictures differ nearly as much as a room with windows and a room without windows; for pictures are loopholes of escape to the soul, leading it to other scenes and spheres, where the fancy for a moment may revel, refreshed and delighted.
That is what I like about paintings!