Saturday, March 23, 2013

Matthew Fox on Art........

Fabric arts Holy Book, Bath Cathedral, Bath, England (artist unknown)

"Art is the only language we have for awe....what artists are here to do is teach us to behold being, to go into grief, and show us the intrinsic power of creativity.  Art is not for art's sake, it's for creativity's sake, which is for evolution's sake."

 Matthew Fox,

Thinking about painting, I found myself bringing some of my favorite quotes into the  studio.  Friends along the way..........
"The Spiritual Energy System" by Alex Grey

"If you reach down far enough, we're all made up of the same archetypes.  If you go deep enough into yourself, you find yourself in a noisy place with a lot of other people. And if you draw symbols from there, you plug into a collective form of consciousness."

~Alex Grey, 
"The Sacred Mirrors"

“I am interested in art as a means of living a life; not as a means of making a living.

The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable.” 

~Robert Henri

"Buttermere Lake" by William Turner
 “The truest art I would strive for in any work would be to give the page the same qualities as earth: weather would land on it harshly; light would elucidate the most difficult truths; wind would sweep away obtuse padding. Finally, the lessons of impermanence taught me this: loss constitutes an odd kind of fullness; despair empties out into an unquenchable appetite for life............Everything in nature invites us constantly to be what we are."

 Gretel Erlich, 
Frieda Kahlo, "Sun and Life"

“O tell us, Poet, what you do?

 I praise. 

 But the dark, the deadly, the desperate ways, how do you endure them- how bear them? 

 I praise."

Padraic Colum
A Barbed Heart Finds Refuge Among the Palos Verdes ( found 2008)
"Go and make interesting mistakes, make amazing mistakes, make glorious and fantastic mistakes. Break rules. Leave the world more interesting for your being here. Make. Good. Art.” 

~Neil Gaiman

Solstice Celebration, Willits (2012)

“We dance for laughter, we dance for tears, we dance for madness, we dance for fears, we dance for hopes, we dance for screams, we are the dancers, we create the dreams.” 

~Albert Einstein

Self Portrait with Green Heart (2009)

   “A piece of art is never a finished work. It   
     answers a question which has been      
     asked,  and asks a new question.”

     ~Robert Engman



1 comment:

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow, love this post and all the illustrations.