What is this urge we humans have to beautify our world? From the ancient caves at Lascaux to the petroglyph decorated boulder at the north end of this island.....and to a doorway somewhere in the south of France, we seem to have a need to decorate. Ourselves, our surroundings, our walls. It's a nice urge.
Maybe that's a reason why we paint. We're decorating.
That....but I think more than that. Color is certainly exciting. I like using it to halt time to entice your eye so we both can see and share something for just an instant. Our worlds connect. When it works, our minds make a fleeting communication....and we know each other better.
But it's more than color alone. Shapes and forms, values, mystery, belief, history, dignity, angst, edges and edginess all play a part in the depth of our communication....even in something as simple and direct as a pot of flowers on the steps of a very old home in Provence....placed there to decorate the world.