09/06/2005: "Do you believe in ghosts?"
That book I'm reading took a strange turn...he writes that all artists believe in ghosts and goes on to tell two "ghost stories" that illustrate how he felt "guided" by dead painters to become an artist. In one he stumbled upon this museum in Paris and viewed some Impressionist paintings that blew his mind and later it dawned on him that the museum hadn't had anyone working or visiting it and found out that it had supposedly been closed at that time.
In the second he meets a Korean holy man who is able to perfectly describe all the lines on the author's hand, before seeing it. After that he becomes this artist's spiritual leader and attends all of his openings with him etc.
I wanted to see this guy's work after that, he's always talking about it in such an arrogant way like it's the most amazing stuff ever...for example, he talks about how there are times when he feels the presence of other artists working through him because "he could never paint anything that incredible"!. So I looked up his website and his work isn't that impressive to me. But then, I've never been a fan of Impressionism (or neo-impressionism) so what do I know? Wouldn't it suck if your dead painter muse had been a terrible artist? QUIT WORKING THROUGH ME!
Really, I'm not sure where I stand on the ghost issue. I had some pretty freaky experiences as a child. I tried to rationalize the majority away (and finding out about REM paralysis explained a lot!) but there were things it couldn't explain, and now I think maybe my rich imagination conjured them. Still, if this guy is selling his work all over the globe then there has to be a way for the rest of us...with or without a dead artist guide.