Just thinking about this….Van Gogh of course…had major problems. If he didn’t, would he not have been as great as he was? I’m thinking no.
MILLIONS of people have problems and doesn’t mean people like this will produce great work automatically.
Off top of my head…John Lennon of the Beatles had big personal problems (witnessed his mother get killed by a car (off duty policeman). when he was very young.
I kow for a fact, it disturbed him emmensly throughout life….Childhood trauma, etc…wonder if it contributes to the uniqueness of a person’s painting style?
Issac Newton..major depression.
At least it’s good know it’s a possiblity. Me? major…
And i am sure it pushes a person to be great because he or she knows she or he is different than others because of those demons. But it’s very hard to demand of yourself like that. I painted today and I’ll pay for it the next few days….always a repercussion. Have to learn to bend and back off when it’s called for.