To Paint Is To Love Again by Henry MillerRare it is to read something so un-book-like. This story is a rambling window into a specific kind of artists mind. In it you will find the spirit and mettle that Henry Miller used to challenge his world and make his own joy. If you, like I, feel that art and painting are something intrinsic to your identity regardless of your skill, amount of time you have for the hobby, or the need to make money or prestige with your produced works, then read this account of an unassuming master of expression.
I do not think everyone will connect with Millers fragmented narrative, because there is no single lesson or advice given, but I found a variety of encouragements interspersed in his reflections. I particularly admire his willingness to admit imbalance between his writing and his painting -- he allowed the passions of both. In this story he describes the ebb and flow of his creative energies towards each discipline in a very honest and self-aware fashion. Reading this book has given me a renewed sense that our American worldview is too narrow -- we should not lock onto a single passion/career/identity, but instead allow more discontinuity in our lives and entertain multiple outlets and mediums for expression. For when we encounter writers block in our primary career, to paint is to love (ourselves and our world) again.
Henry Miller reads "To Paint is to Love Again" (6/8)
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