Carpe diem, or cease the day, is a simple daily instruction to act in the moment and succeed. No second guessing.
As artists, creative artists we need to follow this dictum daily.
In this digital age of reactions and square thinking, creative artists can shine.
Isolation equals separation. Separation leads to unhappiness, bitterness and ineffectiveness in society.
For artists to be effective in society they need to group together like a star cluster. Independent but whole.
Artists sitting in cafes making art.
Artists, not isolated. Artists doing very societal things.
Artists making art from the heart. From their centres, radiating out.
Artists leading the way forward out of this square, divisive world into a more balanced one. A world which respects individual sovereignty and creativity above what the digital world is masters of, square division and binary analysis.
Visual art squads operating in various cities across this fair land will attract interest from locals and fellow artists. The resulting artwork can be displayed in the cafes or sold or shared out. Talents will be exposed, commissions granted, exhibitions held.
All from what is seen from the heart, from the artists at work.
Art nodes will grow throughout the country like buttercups in a spring field.
Hope will arise as children and youth will participate. Art squads are not elitist. A squad is a group of people put together for a special purpose. A visual art squad is set up to create living art to awakening in society lost creative delights.
I set up VASH, the Visual Art Squad of Hamilton in 1996. By 1997 when I left the country for the UAE, it had 18 members.
We "vashed" at cafes in Victoria Street, sketching scenes as we sipped our coffees.
Vashing is creating and consuming. Drawing and sipping. We don't have to be just square consumers, we can be round creators also!