Anna Kavan ~ Life As A Result Of Tension
"Life is tension or the result of tension; without tension the creative impulse cannot exist. If human life be taken as the result of tension between the two polarities night and day, night, the negative pole, must share equal importance with the positive day. At night, under the influence of cosmic radiations quite different from those of the day, human affairs are apt to come to a crisis. At night most human beings die and are born."

Anna Kavan

Anna Kavan (Helen Woods, 1901-1968) was a British novelist, short story writer and painter.
Leo Tolstoy ~ Spring
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.”
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912)
Spring Flowers
Oil on panel
Daydreaming
“The cost of oblivious daydreaming was always this moment of return, the realignment with what had been before and now seemed a little worse. ”
― Ian McEwan, Atonement


Daydreaming at the Water's Edge
Henri Martin - 1899
A Woman Reading…
At the Breakfast Table with the Morning Newspaper,
L. A. Ring, 1898
Sylvia Plath – Loneliness
“God, but life is loneliness, despite all the opiates, despite the shrill tinsel gaiety of "parties" with no purpose, despite the false grinning faces we all wear. And when at last you find someone to whom you feel you can pour out your soul, you stop in shock at the words you utter - they are so rusty, so ugly, so meaningless and feeble from being kept in the small cramped dark inside you so long. Yes, there is joy, fulfillment and companionship - but the loneliness of the soul in its appalling self-consciousness is horrible and overpowering.”

― Sylvia Plath, The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Loneliness
Viktor Elpidiforovich Borisov-Musatov - 1905
Emil Nolde
Emil Nolde
Printemps dans la chambre, 1904
Georgia O'keeffe – A World In Art
“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe
Georgia O’keeffe – A World In Art
“To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage.”
― Georgia O'Keeffe
The Red Dress
Charles Webster Hawthorne,
The Red Dress, 1915
At The Opera…
"Inspiration is an awakening, a quickening of all man's faculties, and it is manifested in all high artistic achievements.”
― Giacomo Puccini

At the Opera
Gaston La Touche - Date unknown