James Ensor ~ On His Art
"My art tends toward the literary. My pictures tend toward the outskirts of painting: But why generalize? It is possible to realize one thing or another, according to the impressions gained from one point of view or another. But it is too difficult to make a general rule."
-- James Ensor
Photo James Ensor and Ernest Rousseau on the beach near Oostende (Belgium) ca. 1892
James Ensor, Masks Confronting Death (1888)
Georgia O'keeffe ~ On Painting
"So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers."
Georgia O'Keeffe on Painting
Georgia O’keeffe ~ On Painting
"So I said to myself-I'll paint what I see-what the flower is to me but I'll paint it big and they will be surprised into taking the time to look at it-I will make even busy New Yorkers take time to see what I see of flowers."
Georgia O'Keeffe on Painting
Gabriela Mistral ~ Dusk
DUSK
I feel my heart melting
in the mildness like candles
my veins are slow oil
and not wine,
and I feel my life fleeing
hushed and gentle like the gazelle.
Gabriela Mistral
(April 7, 1889 – January 10, 1957 / Vicuna / Chile)
Philip Roth ~ On Human Beings
“Is an intelligent human being likely to be much more than a large-scale manufacturer of misunderstanding?”
Philip Roth
Mallarme ~ The Creation Of Silence
"It is the job of poetry to clean up our word-clogged reality by creating silences around things."
~Stephen Mallarme
G.b. Shaw ~ Passion And Inspiration Of The Muse
* "I want my dark lady. I want my angel. I want my tempter. I want the lighter of my seven lamps of beauty, honour, laughter, music, love, life and immortality. I want my inspiration, my folly, my happiness, my divinity, my madness, my selfishness, my final sanity and sanctification, my transfiguration, my purification, my light across the sea, my palm across the desert, my garden of lovely flowers, my million nameless joys, my day's wage, my night's dream, my darling and my star." ~
George Bernard Shaw in a letter to Mrs. Campbell.
Mrs. Campbell 1865 - 1940 was a British actress; the first actress to play "Eliza Doolittle in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, which was the inspiration for the musical My Fair Lady.
Niki De Saint Phalle ~ On Life
"Life ... is never the way one imagines it. It surprises you, it amazes you, and it makes you laugh or cry when you don't expect it."
Niki de Saint Phalle
Langston Hughes ~ On Dreams
DREAMS
Hold fast to dreams
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird
That cannot fly.
Hold fast to dreams
For when dreams go
Life is a barren field
Frozen with snow.
Langston Hughes (1902 - 1967 / Missouri/The United States)
Drawing of Langston Hughes by Winold Reiss
Virginia Woolf ~ The Passion Of The Brain
My own brain is to me the most unaccountable of machinery - always buzzing, humming, soaring roaring diving, and then buried in mud. And why? What's this passion for?
Virginia Woolf