To be an Artist
By Apolinario Villalobos
To be an artist is difficult…yes, in a way, that is, if one tries to acquire other skills. But all creatures on earth are with inborn skill or skills, even those that belong to the plant kingdom. Every creature has an inborn “something” to show for the amusement of the world. And, that for me is what I mean by art – anything done by a creature to delight any or all senses.
Plants with their adaptation become natural artists by developing beautiful appendages such as twigs, branches, leaves, flowers, and scents for the pleasure of man and animals. Cats for instance become excited at the smell of catnip. Animals are amused in the artistically natural movement of their kind, such that a dog may bark in wild abandon at the sight of a wriggling worm.
As for man, painters compose landscapes on canvass for the discriminating view of visual art enthusiasts, sculptures form woods and metals to come up with beautiful decorative objects, cooks concoct savory foods to delight the palate of foodies, literary people write poems and essays for the romantics and the serious, photographers skillfully capture images in their cameras for the “aahhs” and “oohhs” of their viewers, hair cutters snip at clumps of hair for the appreciation of their customers, the same as with facial artists who dab faces with colorful rouges – to name a few.
Mobile creatures can even escape death with artistic cunning. Monkeys in their own domain, for instance, gracefully swing from tree to tree, while lizards and worms camouflage themselves to meld with their surroundings to escape their predators; schools of small fishes form a giant and deceptive “ball” by swarming together to scare away big fishes; and in circus shows people gape at escape artists do their ware.
Unfortunately, artistry has gone out of bounds because the skill has spread to the halls of government edifices where found are lawmakers and office personnel who, with artistic skill manipulate budgets. With artistic expertise, they deviate the flow of budgets through conduits to finally end up in their bank accounts. Their conniving cohorts can even come up with artistically-worded words in coming up with make-believe projects to justify the release of budgets.
In front of microphones, the demagogical artists in the lawmaking Halls, weave stories of great accomplishments in the hope that constituents will still vote for them for the same position, or for a higher one, come election time. Not to be outdone is the guy on the highest pedestal of the land who artistically claims similar accomplishments, making him the pun of jokes as constituents know them to be just lies!…his effort eventually, transforming him into an artistic liar!
The above “learned artists” have joined the rank of the con artists – masters of deception who bleed others for their hard-earned money.
Living is an art. We need to artistically brush aside disheartening events in our lives if we want to live on. We need to artistically console ourselves with an inspiration that beyond the stormy clouds is a silver lining…an equally artistic line that can push the struggling man with a grumbling empty stomach to live on for another day and for many more days to come.
Man is an artist, bad or good. It is the only way that he can’t become harsh and hard on anything that comes his way…. because as an artist he is patient.