I was just thinking while I was painting these strawberries..OH, OH. Well it just amazes me when I think of things in art that are so close to life. I was thinking of how as a beginning and growing artist trying to find a "style" or figuring out what and how I wanted to paint by looking at other artists. Artists in past history, but also more recent artists. I was always very judgemental and everything was black and white, I either hated it or loved it. As I got older and painted more, it seems like I forgot these questions and just painted what I wanted to paint, how I wanted to paint them. My appreciation of painting also widened. Even though I would never paint that subject matter in that manner, I still could enjoy it. It dawned on me how life is somewhat similar. A lot of time is spent judging other peoples lives, instead of appreciating the variety in life. Seeing other ways of living as individuals is so refreshing when I am not comparing to my own way of thinking or doing something. The other thing is that by being more open to these other ways, I can learn from other artists and other people all my life.
Sorry, I'm usually not a philosopher. I think I'm saying this more for myself.