The Essence of Art

The Essence of Art

This is the difference between the artist and a technician. The technician builds his skill to a level of proficiency and then enters business as usual. The artist is always being pitted against his limitation regardless of skill level. To be an artist is to struggle to express the inexpressible. You are stretched and pulled as you grapple to flesh out your vision, whether you work in words, music, paint, or three dimensional form. No doubt there is a mixture of both traits in each of us. But it helps to know what is going on when we get into those frustrating periods when what we want to do outstrips our abilities. When nothing seems to be going right, we can reflect, “Well, today I worked on my art.”

Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book

Have you seen the plans I have up for sale for the space saving cabinet?


About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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