Day 231 • The 13th of February, 2023
Day 231 • The 13th of February, 2023
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Day 231 • The 13th of February, 2023

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🌄 Day 231/365

I’ve been in the middle of a minor identity crisis lately, probably extending back to 2020, and possibly even 2016 (when I got extraordinarily sick from my art materials, which apparently I’d developed an allergy to.) (Trust me, the photos are terrifying.) Currently I’m wondering about my place in the art world. I’ve been firmly planted there and confident about it since 2004. I knew what my purpose was. But the world around me has changed a lot since then. With everything that’s going on around us, is pursuing Art the best way I can contribute to society anymore? Should I be focusing on … something else? I don’t have any ideas about that, what else other than art I could do that would mean anything. Nothing I can jump into right away, anyway. I know that art is important and necessary in the world, especially as it changes. Art has been the thread between societies for over 25 thousand years. 25,000! I know that artists can spread messages far and wide through visual creativity. I know that art has a place now, if nothing else than to counterbalance the self-centered, money-hoarding, gadget-buying society that we live in. Perhaps my purpose is helping shift people’s minds back to light, love, and creativity — and away from the creepy, desperate need to support billionaires and compete with neighbors about house sizes and fancy cars. That is not our future. That is denial and intentional ignorance. The wake-up call ten years from now is gonna be a harsh, painful light. We can open our eyes to it now, today, this morning even. Let’s do something while we have the chance. For me, I will keep painting (and writing!) until the universe says there’s a better place for me to serve this world.

This sunrise was captured in Kihei, Maui at 6:56am on the 13th of February, 2023.

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