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The art of life 

It's always fun to sit around with your friends over good beers or wine and speculate about which artist you'd choose to be. What is it about art that matters in the end? (For more, see cover story, page 16.)

click to enlarge Lisa Pickart  -  - Southeast  -  - High school teacher  -  -  - Who's the greatest artist? Degas. I love his use of color. Or maybe Matisse. There's dozens I could pick. -  - If you could be any artist, who would you be? Picasso. Like all artists, Picasso had a kind of license to be crazy. He had more maneuverability than you or me as to how he could live his life. -  - Why are artists so eccentric? You get to delve inside apart from the surrounding context of social norms. You can focus on that one little moment and fixate on in it in ways you and I aren't typically allowed. -  - Is it possible to be a genuinely great artist and be happy, well adjusted and "normal"? I think it's possible to interact with people in socially acceptable ways in your surface, day-to-day life, but when you create, tap into your alter ego, that challenges social boundaries. That's kind of what art is. -  - Can you name a great artist who was "normal"? Come to think of it, no. -  - Why does art matter? It touches you in a specific way at a specific moment that gives you a new perspective. That changes you. -  - If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece. It would be one solid color. Probably blue. -
  • Lisa Pickart

    Southeast

    High school teacher

    Who's the greatest artist? Degas. I love his use of color. Or maybe Matisse. There's dozens I could pick.

    If you could be any artist, who would you be? Picasso. Like all artists, Picasso had a kind of license to be crazy. He had more maneuverability than you or me as to how he could live his life.

    Why are artists so eccentric? You get to delve inside apart from the surrounding context of social norms. You can focus on that one little moment and fixate on in it in ways you and I aren't typically allowed.

    Is it possible to be a genuinely great artist and be happy, well adjusted and "normal"? I think it's possible to interact with people in socially acceptable ways in your surface, day-to-day life, but when you create, tap into your alter ego, that challenges social boundaries. That's kind of what art is.

    Can you name a great artist who was "normal"? Come to think of it, no.

    Why does art matter? It touches you in a specific way at a specific moment that gives you a new perspective. That changes you.

    If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece. It would be one solid color. Probably blue.

click to enlarge Dorothy Deluz  -  - Old Colorado City -  - Military -  -  -  - Who is the best-ever artist? Georgia O'Keeffe. The way she captured the Southwest in her paintings. They're so peaceful. -  - Why do artists tend to be so eccentric? Most people have eccentricities, but artists are freer to explore them in their work. -  - Is it possible to be a great artist and also be socially "normal"? They'd be boring. Interesting people generally have something "off" about them. -  - Does art even matter? We need beauty to divert us from all the other awful stuff going on in this world -- politics and such. -  - If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece. A classical piano concerto. -
  • Dorothy Deluz

    Old Colorado City

    Military

    Who is the best-ever artist? Georgia O'Keeffe. The way she captured the Southwest in her paintings. They're so peaceful.

    Why do artists tend to be so eccentric? Most people have eccentricities, but artists are freer to explore them in their work.

    Is it possible to be a great artist and also be socially "normal"? They'd be boring. Interesting people generally have something "off" about them.

    Does art even matter? We need beauty to divert us from all the other awful stuff going on in this world -- politics and such.

    If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece. A classical piano concerto.

click to enlarge Mike Cancellier  -  - Old Colorado City -  - Military -  -  -  - Who's the greatest artist? da Vinci, because of his tremendous diversity. And maybe Michelangelo. -  - Why are so many artists eccentric? It's something about the way they look at life. They have to look at life in a different way, and it's their way of seeing life that drives them. -  - Is it possible to be a great artist and be "normal"? It's hard to meet our cultural norms and retain the level of creativity required to be a great artist. -  - Does art ultimately matter? Typical existence consists largely of watching TV and getting stuff told to us. Art requires us to pay attention to life, to interpret experience. -  - If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece.  A rocky coastline with a storm coming in and heavy seas. -
  • Mike Cancellier

    Old Colorado City

    Military

    Who's the greatest artist? da Vinci, because of his tremendous diversity. And maybe Michelangelo.

    Why are so many artists eccentric? It's something about the way they look at life. They have to look at life in a different way, and it's their way of seeing life that drives them.

    Is it possible to be a great artist and be "normal"? It's hard to meet our cultural norms and retain the level of creativity required to be a great artist.

    Does art ultimately matter? Typical existence consists largely of watching TV and getting stuff told to us. Art requires us to pay attention to life, to interpret experience.

    If you were an artist, describe your masterpiece. A rocky coastline with a storm coming in and heavy seas.

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