If you paint from the heart, then sometimes the heartbreaks will show. Sometimes that makes other people sad, or angry, or uncomfortable. Making other people feel that way is something that we are taught not to do. If you paint from the heart, sometimes you do it anyway.
It might be easier to read difficult things. The words on the page create a space between the reader and the writer that helps make ugliness or sadness if not more tolerable then easier to turn away from. But images can linger in the mind, and call the person seeing them back to look again even when the looking is uncomfortable.
An artist may find a way to create an image in which difficult, ugly things are so well- hidden, or couched in terms so beautiful that the casual observer can pass them by.
If you believe that all art should be beautiful, then burying ugly ideas in a beautiful presentation might be a good compromise. Or is it? Can horror and beauty co-exist in one image, with one strengthening the other? It’s a conundrum I wrestle with, and I work out the answer differently each time I face it.
And then: I meditate.
What would you do?