[quote="Ed Sukach"]"Yes, I do, and believe me if I didn't amuse myself, I wouldn't do it."
I recognized Renoir from that quote. His philosophy and mine would differ so radically that I doubt we'd have any common ground.
I tend to be indifferent to the notion of beauty as an asset to art because the notion seems trite. Neither would I glorify the ugly for its own sake.
OTOH, it sounds like Renoir enjoyed his painting more than I enjoy my photography. More and more these days I find that photography fights my efforts every step of the way.