Leaving a Mark

My impression of Harvey Specter in a rough sketch.

We hear a lot these days about leaving a carbon footprint. The fact is as  humans we move about the earth leaving behind a life-trail. Sometimes it’s a good trail. Sometimes, not so good- as in the plastic jetsam that is smothering the planet we call home.

This post is not about pollution though. It came about as one of those in the shower moment thoughts. Too much information? Do you ever have those? Like Barney Rubble sometimes our true talent for singing only comes out in the bath or shower. Maybe it has something to do with being baptized in water- a return to the womb , so-to-speak.

This post is not about inspirational talent in the shower.

If you’re anything like me you have moments of what might be called minimalist thinking. When you have an epiphany and it turns out to be so profoundly simple. It occurred to me that most of what I do can be paired down to simply leaving my mark.

This is likely true for all artists. If you think about it then you realize that all art, music, film, sculpture is about leaving a mark whether lasting in the cerebral sphere  and passed on audibly/orally (like music) or something  tangible in the tactile realm- like even a gravestone.

We are all leaving a mark .

I’m not sure why, at the early age of five I was so intent on drawing my first mural on my sliding bedroom door. A large face with stubble and a cigar. ( no one smoked cigars in my family). For some reason some innate desire reached out to that pencil or crayon and began asserting an influence on my surroundings. Since then my interests have been in art, caricature, painting, drawing, drafting, film-making,logo design and of course, writing. All of these are about leaving a mark.

Just like the earliest of scribes who pressed bone into soft clay to create cuneiform tablets we too share in this amazing quest to leave our mark upon history.

Now from here one could ask and point out the obvious. What kind of mark are we leaving? We’re you or I really proud of that painting or Youtube video we did? Of course part of being human is playing the fool. We all make mistakes. Sometimes big ones that just don’t get erased too easily.

However, I’m not going to press those questions. I’ll preach to myself first.

Suffice it to say that artists leave a  mark. Perhaps this post is a bit open ended or anticlimactic. You’re invited to comment or further the discussion. It was, however, the fact that in its simplest form my job or at least my avocation here is to leave my mark; to leave behind a record for others to experience.

This fact has left an indelible impression upon me.

So now what about you? Anything to add to the discussion be it ever small or large ? :^)

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5 comments on “Leaving a Mark

  1. Love the sketch, Kevin. I had a caricature done of myself when I was about 17 at a fair once. Don’t know what happened to it. Anyway, I hear you on this issue. I think about this all the time. What kind of mark am I leaving behind for my family and friends, for the world in general? Someday I hope my art and writing make a difference in someone’s life! Thanks for the great thoughts. 🙂

    • Thanks Patsy. I’m hoping to redraw it and ink it in with marker. Thanks for your comments. I’m sure your art and writing ‘is’ making a difference. It has a positive impact already it’s just that us artists can’t see ‘all’ of it. Every now and then we get a glimpse of how we make a difference and it gives us a grateful heart-smile. Thanks again for your thoughts ( and art)! 🙂

      • You’re welcome, Kevin. I hope it is! But mostly I have just done it for the enjoyment and to draw and paint things for friends and family. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and art on your blog! It’s great. 🙂

  2. Hi Kevin, I’d promised to reply to this, just got behind on things. I think you’ve hit on a simple and universal truth, leaving a mark. I had a similar epiphany when I shifted from calligraphy being perfectly executed imitations of traditional scripts (some dating from BC!) to making a mark. That blew the whole thing open for me and allowed my mark making/calligraphy to be much more expressive. Thanks for your thoughts on this, Sarah

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