thoughts for the day

Photo by Peter Tan

“The more words there are on a gallery wall next to a picture, the worse the picture.” Gustave Flaubert

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.”Mme. Marie Curie

To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong. –Joseph Chilton Pearce

A work of art is a confession –Albert Camus

All art is autobiographical, the pearl is the oyster’s autobiography. –Federico Fellini

One very important aspect of art is that it makes people aware of what they know and don’t know they know… Once the breakthrough is made, there is a permanent expansion of awareness. But there is always a reaction of rage, of outrage, at the first breakthrough… So the artist, then, expands awareness. And once the breakthrough is made, this becomes part of the general awareness. —-William Burroughs

Painting is an attempt to come to terms with life.  There are as many solutions as there are human beings.–George Tooker

Every artist dips his brush in his own soul and paints his own nature into his pictures. –Henry Beecher Stowe

We must never forget art is not a form of propaganda; it is a form of truth. –John Kennedy

“There is only one success–to be able to spend your own life in your own way.” Christopher Morley

The imagination at play is at the heart of all good creative work. –Julia Cameron

“Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” Picasso

“Play is the exaltation of the possible.”  Martin Buber

“Learn to see the world.  Everything is connected to everything else.”  Da Vinci

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.”  Einstein

“The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”  Oscar Wilde

“The creative mind plays with the objects it loves.” Carl Jung

“Do not follow where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson

The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.  ~William Faulkner

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.  ~Stella Adler

An artist cannot fail; it is a success to be one.  ~Charles Horton Cooley

Art is the stored honey of the human soul, gathered on wings of misery and travail.  ~Theodore Dreiser, Life, Art, and America, 1917

All art requires courage.  ~Anne Tucker

What art offers is space – a certain breathing room for the spirit.  ~John Updike

There is no surer method of evading the world than by following Art, and no surer method of linking oneself to it than by Art.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Man will begin to recover the moment he takes art as seriously as physics, chemistry or money.  ~Ernst Levy

Art is the colors and textures of your imagination.  ~Meghan, Los Cerros Middle School, 1999

If Michelangelo had been straight, the Sistine Chapel would have been wallpapered.  ~Robin Tyler

Poets do not go mad; but chess-players do.  Mathematicians go mad, and cashiers; but creative artists very seldom.  ~Gilbert Keith Chesterton, Orthodoxy

I am for an art that is political-erotical-mystical, that does something other than sit on its ass in a museum.  ~Claes Oldenburg

Any great work of art… revives and re adapts time and space, and the measure of its success is the extent to which it makes you an inhabitant of that world – the extent to which it invites you in and lets you breathe its strange, special air.  ~Leonard Bernstein, What Makes Opera Grand?

Without art, the crudeness of reality would make the world unbearable.  ~George Bernard Shaw

The artist gazes upon a reality and creates his own impression.  The viewer gazes upon the impression and creates his own reality.  ~Robert Brault,

What is any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.  ~Willa Cather

———————————–Surely nothing has to listen to so many stupid remarks as a painting in a museum.  ~Edmond & Jules de Goncourt


Kudos today to great women writers who blazed the trail despite all the negative elements: Pearl Buck, pictured above, the first great author I ever heard speak, in my freshman year at Foothill College in Los Altos, CA., Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Emily and Charlotte And Anne Bronte, George Eliot, Mary Wollstonecraft, her daughter Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Anais Nin, (I was lucky enough to hear her at the University of Santa Clara), Amy Tan, Ursula la Guin, Louise Erlich, Jane Rhys, Katherine Mansfield, Susan Glaspell, Willa Cather, Isaak Dinesen, Elizabeth Gaskell, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Flannery O’Conner, Eudora Welty, Wendy Wasserstein, Marsha Norman, Lillian Hellman, Carly Churchill, A.M.Homes, Joyce Carol Oates, Aimee Bender, and Katherine Mansfield, so many more, ..the list is endless today.  Artists abound! And these are just the prose writers; there are too many women poets to list here. Go out and meet some while you can! Visit a museum, a gallery, an Art Guild; practice seeing and listening …They light the way!  Why would anyone sit and stare at a screen full of nonsensical “filler” when there is an artist at work somewhere in town?  Go and talk to one. Why listen to mind-numbing ads every minute on TV when your brain needs exercise? Just looking at a painting can be a stimulating  two-way conversation.


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