Perplexity is the beginning of Knowledge

“Perplexity is the beginning of knowledge.”
  —  Kahlil Gibran

And boy am I perplexed!

How do I start this Blog?  I keep looking for a road map or a formula or for inspiration to strike me like a bolt of lightning, or for the Gods and Goddesses of Creativity to knock me upside the head and say, “DO THIS” or “SAY THAT” in thunderous non ambiguous ways.



But no such luck, so I will slog on and hope that in my humble story you will find inspiration for your own artistic journey.  (Or at least a few laughs).

Into the Soup, Life and Art without Recipe is my attempt to find coherence in the mixed up, far flung experiments of my life and art thus far. Like a refrigerator full of leftovers from unrelated meals, I must try to cook up something meaningful.  So far I have found no such coherence or meaning, and I have certainly not realized any sort of living from my art.  (That thorny issue is a subject for another post).  What I have found is what a large part art has played in moving me forward to greater confidence, self-acceptance, and embracing the value of surrender.  Self-discovery in the process of making art has to be the truest aim of art.  Money, recognition, excellence, and  making an impact can be satisfying by products of art , but it cannot spring from those sources.  In that attempt, the spirit is lost.  It has to be about the journey.

So begins my Blog.

“The artist is not a person endowed with free will who seeks his own ends, but one who allows art to realize its supreme purpose through him.”

– Carl Jung

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