Fay Bainter by Robert Henri, 1918
The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
"Happiness" is a relative term; it's situational and subjective. What makes me happy might make someone else unhappy, and vice versa. And, there are different levels of happiness. I'm the kind of person that finds great happiness in the pursuit of art, and so was Robert Henri. Here are a few of his reflections on happiness:
The development of the power of seeing and the power to retain in the memory that which is essential and to make record and thus test out how true the seeing and the memory have been is the way to happiness. (p. 32)
It is really not important whether one's vision is as great as that of another. It is a personal question as to whether one shall live in and deal with his greatest moments of happiness. (p. 32)
We will be happy if we can get around to the idea that art is not an outside and extra thing; that it is a natural outcome of a state of being; that the state of being is the important thing. (p. 227)
In art, happiness is .... (you fill in the blank).