> > > The arts are an especially rich source of sweet suffering. Or 
> > > maybe I'm listening to too much opera, and seeing too 
> > > many heavy movies. But artists seem to revel in mixing beauty
> > > and pain. I figured that was not just an artist's trick, but
> > > a reflection of life.
> > 
> > Something I've always wondered about: What happens to 
> > art in a (hypothetical) Age of Enlightenment?
> > 
> > Can you take pain and suffering and struggle out of
> > the mixture and have art just be about joy?
> I just uploaded 4 of my pieces, done over the last 25 years, into 
> the Photos section under miscellaneous. Other than the mandala, 
> which is colored pencil and metallic ink on paper, the others are 
> montages from photos of carved and colored wood pieces, ranging in 
> size from about a foot square to about 3.5 feet by 10 inches. Art 
> reflects the pysche and interest of the artist.

The artists I support as "mini-patron" are all 
completely positive. They don't buy into the
"art is suffering" crap, and it doesn't appear
in their work. They manage to sell a lot of it,
so t'would seem that there are a lot of art
buyers out there who don't buy into the
suffering crap, either.

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