Haruki Murakami ~ Huge Cosmic Love
“Sometimes, when one is moving silently through such an utterly desolate landscape, an overwhelming hallucination can make one feel that oneself, as an individual human being, is slowly being unraveled. The surrounding space is so vast that it becomes increasingly difficult to keep a balanced grip on one's own being. The mind swells out to fill the entire landscape, becoming so diffuse in the process that one loses the ability to keep it fastened to the physical self. The sun would rise from the eastern horizon, and cut it's way across the empty sky, and sink below the western horizon. This was the only perceptible change in our surroundings. And in the movement of the sun, I felt something I hardly know how to name: some huge, cosmic love.”
― Haruki Murakami, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Peyrelebade Landscape, 1869
Odilon Redon
Willem De Kooning ~ On Order
“The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves”
― Willem De Kooning
William Blake ~ On Imagination
Imagination is the real and eternal world of which this vegetable universe is but a faint shadow.
William Blake

William Blake (1757-1827)
Hecate or the Three Fates
Watercolor and pen and black ink
Leonor Fini ~ Painter Of The Surreal
Leonor Fini by Henri Cartier Bresson,Paris-1933
Monet ~ Love My Art
“Everyone discusses my art and pretends to understand, as if it were necessary to understand, when it is simply necessary to love.”
Claude Monet

Palazzo da Mula in Venice 1908
Matisse ~ Is An Artist A Prisoner?
"An artist must never be a prisoner. Prisoner? An artist should never be a prisoner of himself, prisoner of style, prisoner of reputation, prisoner of success, etc."
Henri Matisse
Max Ernst ~ On Women’s Nudity
Woman's nudity is wiser than the philosopher's teachings.
Max Ernst

Max Ernst and Dorothea Tanning, photo by Lee Miller.
Max Ernst ~ On Good Ideas
"All good ideas arrive by chance."

Gala Éluard, 1924
Max Ernst
Giorgio De Chirico ~ The Dream Versus Life
"Although the dream is a very strange phenomenon and an inexplicable mystery, far more inexplicable is the mystery and aspect our minds confer on certain objects and aspects of life."
Giorgio de Chirico

Painting: The two Sisters - (the Jewish Angel)
D.h. Lawrence ~ Roses

Nature responds so beautifully.
Roses are only once-wild roses, that were given an extra chance,
So they bloomed out and filled themselves with coloured fulness
Out of sheer desire to be splendid, and more splendid.

D.H. Lawrence

"My Sweet Rose" (1903)

John William Waterhouse (1849-1917)