There is a faded, greenish colored hardcover book in my library with a publisher date of 1952. I haven't done anything more than flip through a few of its yellowed pages, but its title Drawing from Life is what capitvates me.
The skill of an artist is taking from life the forms, images, and textures, then converting them into masterpieces we desire for our walls or seek out in museums across the globe. Some are even worth millions! What drives the intrigue for us? What about an artist's work stirs something from within us?
The artist draws from life.
He takes seemingly ordinary, non descript features of life and applies his own life, his experiences, his trouble, his joy, his exuberance to what he sees. Those emotions, the rawness and depth of them transfer to color and form on a canvas.
It is what we apply to the small, insignificant parts of our lives which transform into the moments, memories, and experiences we hold so tightly and revere so highly. Do you 'Draw from Life' to create your own masterful version of you?
Living better lies in our ability to create better thinking.