I may complicate your life with my simplicity
When life gives you lemonade don’t be fooled by its sweetness, it’s just a front. Rather, go back to source and find the lemons. Lemons may not be as sweet, but at least they’re healthy and honest.
But that’s life, not visual composition.
Making art is like making drama. You can decide when to drink the Kool-Aid and when to suck lemons. It’s all in your hands. Surely artists should be free to decide the moment to make art about pain, and pleasure.
Personally, I like to disguise the two. I don’t mind if you appreciate a work about joy, while overlooking some element of misery that went into creating it. I don’t mind if you appreciate my art without acknowledging the effort and agony that may have caused it.
That’s how it is. I prefer a deceptively simple approach, so that I can keep control of the narratives.
To say, ‘look on the bright side,’ is to acknowledge that somewhere there’s a dark side. I’m not inviting you to come over to the dark side with me, because I’m sure I’d be a horribly boring dark side type of person.
Let’s keep it light, ok.