The Good Book: Proverbs, chapter 11: Artists

Back to more of A.C. Grayling’s pontifications on the nature of, well, everything, eventually. This week: artists.

1. A great artist can paint a great picture on a small canvas.
…No. Too easy.
2. An artist is a dreamer who dreams reality.
I like this one, but Stephen King said it better 25 years ago.
3. Every artist was first an amateur.
True, but this is hardly unique to artists. Even babies are born with a terrifying lack of experience in being babies…
4. The art of every artist is his autobiography.
Then for your sake, Mr. Grayling, let us hope you do not consider this book ‘art’.
5. Nothing can come from the artist that is not in the human being.
Two words: emergent properties.
6. Scratch an artist and you surprise a child.
Scratch an artist and they’ll scratch you right back.
7. Great artists are simplifiers.
Then you sir are no artist.

Only two more weeks until we’re out of the A’s! Isn’t that exciting?