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Studio notes

 

 

'I don't believe in perfection. I believe in love. Or I don't believe in perfect things. And anyway, they are not like us. In Art, something comes out of a wound and a love in a creative equilibrium.'

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

'Our work is to show we have been breathed upon - to show it, give it out, sing it out, to live out in the topside world what we have received through our sudden knowings, from body, for dreams and journeys of all sorts.'

(Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD - 'Women who run with the wolves')

 

'I'll tell you right now, the doors to the world of the wild Self are few but precious. If you have a deep scar, that is the door, if you have an old, old story, that is the door. If you love the sky and the water so much you almost cannot bear it, that is the door. If you yearn for a deeper life, a full life, a sane life, this is the door.'

(Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD - 'Women who run with the wolves') 

'The power of a painting has to come from the inside out, not the outside in. It's not just an image; it's an image with a body, and that body has to contain a spirit. A painting, really, is made by its reason for being there. What's behind it decides everything. It's not just a question of attractiveness or correctness; it can't be fixed afterwards or by additions. How it starts will define how it ends. So it's the weight of the intention that defines everything.

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

'Art is important for it commemorates the seasons of the soul, or a special or tragic event in the soul's journey. Art is not just for oneself, not just a marker of one's own understanding. It is also a map for those who follow after us.'

(Clarissa Pinkola Estés, PhD - 'Women who run with the wolves')

'If your intention, your desire is to take out every little bit that you can from the situation: your work won't last. But if your inner desire is to put in more than you can take out: your work will last. You're giving what you can, and taking what comes. It has nothing to do with exploitation.' 

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call life which is required to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.'

(Henry David Thoreau, quoted by Julia Cameron, 'The Artist Way' - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity)

'Art does not need to make sense or to function or to demonstrate any particular idea. It testifies to the beauty of imperfect human thought and action muddled up with feeling.'

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

'Spiritual Values:

  • Truth comes from the observation of nature
  • 'Greatness' exists in the inconspicuous and overlooked details
  • Beauty can be coaxed out of ugliness '

(Leonard Koren, 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers')

'The great limitation of photography is that it cannot (so far) overcome its imagery. With painting it's the opposite. When I make a painting the emotion is embedded in the surface, and the mystery of its making has to be bigger than the image. It has to transform it into feeling every time the engine of the painting is restarted byt the spectator.'

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

'State of mind

  • Acceptance of the inevitable
  • Appreciation of the cosmic order'
(Leonard Koren, 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers')

 

'The morning pages acquaint us with what we think and what we think we need. We identify problem areas and concerns. We complain, enumerate, identify, isolate, fret. This is step one, analogous to prayer. In the course of the release engendered by our artist date, step two, we begin to hear solutions. Perhaps equally important, we begin to fund the creative reserves we will draw on in fulfilling our artistry.'

(Julia Cameron, 'The Artist Way' - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity) 

 

'Morning pages map our own interior. Without them, our dreams may remain terra incognita. I know mine did. Using them, the light of insight is coupled with the power for expansive change. It is very difficult to complain about a situation morning after morning, month after month, without being moved to constructive action. The pages lead us out of despair and into undreamed-of solutions.'

(Julia Cameron, 'The Artist Way' - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity)

 'The undersized painting that is pallid at birth doesn't need to be defeated by time and by its off-spring, history. Morandi, who is full of history, understands it can begin in life that way. As if it has already been weakened by time as it is being made.'

(Sean Scully, 'Inner' - The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews of Sean Scully)

'Things are either devolving toward or evolving from, nothingness'

(Leonard Koren, 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers') 

'During (these) periods of relaxation after concentrated intellectual activity, the intuitive mind seems to take over and can produce the sudden clarifying insights which give so much joy and delight'

(Frithof Capra, Physicist quoted by Julia Cameron, 'The Artist Way' - A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity)

'The inclination toward nothingness is unrelenting and universal. Even things that have all the earmarks of substance - things that are hard, inert, solid - present nothing more that the illusion of permanence.'

(Leonard Koren, 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers')

'I have learnt to embrace my own identity as a natural dyer by employing experimental methods and a sense of intuition. I like to play and accept that chance is at hand when working with my dye vats. [...] I am not interested in accurately re-creating colours that I have produced in the past. Instead I have always enjoyed the spontaneity of experimenting in the moment and discovering new colours as I go.' 

(Abigail Booth, 'The Wild Dyer', A Guide to Natural Dyes & the art of Patchwork & Stitch)

'All things, including the universe itself, are in constant, never-ending state of becoming or dissolving.'

(Leonard Koren, 'Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers')