The only thing I really have to know is “why”–motive is everything. If my answer is beautifully complete then all other answers to questions fall into place.

Specific answers are better; sometimes they hit me in the face, other times they hint. There are many answers to a question I think, one matters, one is enough.

The “why” is the vision of the piece. “Why” tells on the “how” which tells on the “what”. The others are a given.

Image: Green Bowl & Apples (detail) MTMcClanahan

MT McClanahan

An artist and perpetual thinker, MT McClanahan finds inspiration through connecting ideas across a broad range of topics. He especially enjoys philosophy and how art and life interconnect. He is the founder of TPT and his paintings can be seen at

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