"What's the point?" he asked.
"I'm not sure," I answered. "But I think it's about spiritual growth."
"What's ART got to do with spiritual growth?"
This conversation is going nowhere. I cannot explain myself, the way an abstract painting cannot defend how very real it is despite its ambiguities. I cannot defend an art pilgrimage.
Surely, it's not something I will make money from (the major mark of worth in our culture); in fact, I will spend money... on art materials, donations, museum visits, maybe even a retreat or two. How can I explain that it's about showing up?
Showing up for what? Life, beauty, connection, healing, dreams. How can I explain that sometimes there is no other point than this: a journey calls and we answer?
Abstract Seascape, in gouache, by Sara B, 12. Used with permission.