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“In order to be happy,” said Winston Churchill, “you need to find a task that requires perfection, is impossible to achieve, and spend the rest of your life trying to achieve it.”
That’s something I’ve always believed, and I’m thankful.
“In ordinary life we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffe)
This photo was taken a few nights ago walking along the beach close to Tunnels Beach. Kauai.
I am finally painting again. I am so great-full.
The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.
Douglas R. Hofstadter
We do a lot of looking: we look through lenses, telescopes, television
Our looking is perfected every day, but we see less and less.
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world is to see
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy, and religion, all in one.
Seeing what is actually in front of you, as opposed to what your past
experience and thought process indicates is present or others have
taught or indoctrinated into you is there, is a rare skill.
The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but
in having new eyes.
we can see best when we\’re looking for the least.
Clarity, insight or understanding, are only
possible when thought is in abeyance, when the mind is still. Then only
can you see very clearly, then you can say you have really understood
… then you have direct perception, because your mind is no longer
It is impossible to do a thing the way I see it because the
closer I get the more differently I see.
The only real experiences in life [are] those lived with a virgin
sensibility – so that we only hear a tone once, only see a color once,
see, hear, touch, taste and smell everything but once, the first time.
All life is but an echo of our first sensations, and we build up our
consciousness, our whole mental life by variations and combinations of
these elementary sensations.
An individual\’s ability to draw is … the ability to shift to a
different-from-ordinary way of processing visual information – to shift
from verbal, analytic processing to spatial, global processing.
Our art tends to be more real when we concentrate on what we actually
see with our eyes and with our instincts. It becomes difficult and
cumbersome when we are busy trying to figure out what we\’re supposed to
If you look at a thing 999 times, you are perfectly safe; if you
look at it for the 1000th time, you are in danger of seeing it for the
G. K. Chesterton
The hardest thing to see is what is in front of our eyes.
Wolfgang von Goethe
What is seen by the eye
is transformed and colored by the vision of the mind.
A mediocre man copying nature will never produce a work of art, because
he really looks without seeing, and though he may have noted each detail
minutely, the result will be flat and without character… the artist on
the contrary, sees; that is to say, his eye, grafted on his heart, reads
deeply into the bosom of nature.
learn something too well, it will get in the way of your perception of
“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” — Rainer Maria Rilke
“If you’re an artist, you don’t start the morning by saying to yourself, ‘Hey, think I’ll change some idiot’s life today.’ You work. To be really good at anything, assuming that you’re talented, is to work harder and longer, with more ruthless honesty and discipline, than other people could do without bursting into tears. Your secret is that, hard as it may be, it doesn’t feel like work to you. It feels normal, like eating and sleeping. You are not about to hand your own life over to anybody to change or to not change, though you might wish you could. And you positively do not accept responsibility for the lives of your audience.
That’s not good for them, and it is a day-spoiling pain in the ass for you.” — New Yorker art critic Peter Schjeldahl in an old SVA art talk (the best I’ve ever heard) about art, artists, critics, why they don’t make them like Wallace Stevens anymore, and why he’s a little disgruntled with the art world nowadays
THE ART WORLDSHAPES OF THINGS
The birth of the abstract.
BY PETER SCHJELDAHL
JANUARY 7, 2013
Sophie Taeuber-Arp (pron.: /ˈtɔɪbər ˈɑrp/; 19 January 1889 – 13 January 1943) was a Swiss artist, painter, sculptor, and dancer. She is considered one of the most important artists of geometric abstraction of the 20th century.
Color is my daylong obsession, joy, and torment. – Claude Monet
Every day we look at our face but if we were to paint it…..How would we do it?
Marlene Dumas & Claude Monet both did self portraits….color yourself happy.
Claude Monet was a founder of French impressionist painting, and the most consistent and prolific practitioner of the movement’s philosophy of expressing one’s perceptions before nature, especially as applied to plein-air landscape painting.
Marlene Dumas is a South African born artist and painter who lives and works in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. In the past Dumas produced paintings, collages, drawings, prints and installations. She now works mainly with oil on canvas and ink on paper.