have to have time for yourself, to think, to be yourself again,
to be within yourself, to develop your inner quality, to remember
your inner quality - to be like an artist, like a very leisurely
person, very loving, stress free, then you can give. If you don't
know pleasure, you can't give pleasure; if you don't have peace,
you can't give peace.
survival standard in this world is very demanding. Not every one
can afford to have leisure time to think for himself. Many artistic
people, many artists, are buried under this material survival
instinct; they cannot go beyond.
why the real artists have to sacrifice. Most of them live in poverty,
except Picasso, that lucky guy. Most of the artists live in poverty
till the day they die. And after they die, their art works make
other people become billionaires, or millionaires at least. Then
people start to appreciate their work; I don't know why. But those
artists, if they have become rich or if they have made money in
other ways, they couldn't be inspired to produce such timeless
masterpieces. For that they have to sacrifice a lot. They live
in misery, sometimes lacking a lot of material comforts in order
to have this inspiration. And that is why most of the art is miserable,
depicting some kind of melancholy expression. This also is colored
by the artist's feeling at that time.
most people are more inspired when they are in dire circumstances,
and not when they are too happy. When you are happy, it's very
difficult to write poetry or to paint something that is long lasting.
I don't know why. If you are happy, you don't even bother to paint.
Only when you have so much time and nothing to do, girl friend
gone, boy friend left or something, then you sit there and you
feel the urge to do something. And most of the time in these circumstances,
masterpieces are born - songs, poetry, or paintings. This is a
pity, though. But in higher societies, they don't need all this
misery to produce masterpieces because they have a lot of time
to be happy and a lot of time to be pensive.