To recognize one’s own insanity is, of course, the arising of sanity, the beginning of healing and transcendence. ― Eckhart Tolle, A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose
How does the ordinary person come to the transcendent? For a start, I would say, study poetry. Learn how to read a poem. You need not have the experience to get the message, or at least some indication of the message. It may come gradually.― Joseph Campbell, Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor
Any great art work … revives and readapts 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
We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis. LeeAnn Taylor
An awake heart is like a sky that pours light. ― Hafiz
Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things. – Ray Bradbury
The last two nights have been restless. I comb through the past days’ experiences, chasing one thought after another, hoping to find answers.
So a couple hours ago after finishing morning pages, I head toward my arts and crafts room to play.
Now I have a lesson for tomorrow’s after school class and a clearer plan for the children’s art festival in April. Neither will be these little word pictures. They just took my mind off my self-conscious thinking.
The resolution for 2013…to pay attention.
I began today’s post without words, drawing triangles and filling them in with bright markers. And during this process I thought of Georgia O’Keeffe’s words (for real, I didn’t have to look them up!)
I’m beginning with an image rather than words this time…
Other thoughts running through my head as I fill the page:
1. Liking the bright colors.
2. Wondering how this year’s blog will work.
3. Wanting to try different mediums (media?), 3 dimensional stuff, crafty things.
4. Still the experiential learner.
5. Remembering the Georgia O’Keeffe museum in Santa Fe and the Georgia O’Keeffe room at the Mabel Dodge Luhan house in Taos.
And afterwards the thoughts continue:
1. Realizing how easy it was to lose myself in this activity.
2. More ideas to try.
Happy New Year!!!
The future enters into us, in order to transform itself in us, long before it happens. -Rainer Maria Rilke
“First thoughts” this morning were not words, but an image. Am I practicing for my 2013 project?
The image was a line graph of the story arc. Is this because I saw Les Miserables yesterday?
This morning in my email, a reminder of an earlier invitation to an Artist Art Supply Swap this afternoon. I had not replied. I’m not a visual artist; I write. And the art supplies I would have to swap are crayons and children’s scissors and construction paper. Not exactly “professional artist.” More like “elementary teacher artist.”
About that 2013 project.
I like these artists.
I was invited.
I answered yes!
I’m here to learn.