Calais Pier, 1801
Wreckers Coast of Northumberland, 1836
I'm coming to the opinion that the best use of painting, and maybe the entire point of painting, is to ascend to a common summit of skill and understanding, and then to find your own path down.
Damn. I'm sending off my 8th graders for their last day of the school year tomorrow. I'll have to share this with them, then remember to share it with them often next year. (I teach math.)
I'm seeing that this may apply to that age old question of learning, "Why am I doing this? Why is this important to learn?"
I've shared it before, in the sense of, "We need to have a common understanding of the skills in our discipline before we can lead others in our direction, otherwise you'll just find yourself lost and alone." The summit metaphor adds another dimension to this basic tenet of life and learning.