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The Eye Begins

24 Oct

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“In a dark time the eye begins to see.”  

—Theodore Roethke

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It’s Possible

18 Oct

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“With very great paintings it’s possible to know them deeply, inhabit them almost.”

—Donna Tartt

Christina’s World by Andrew Wyeth, 1948.

If Somebody’s Moving

14 Oct

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“I’m on a quest; aren’t we all? With humans, it’s always a dance. If somebody’s moving slower than you are, you’ve got to get them out of your way.”

—Debra Winger

Put The Fear Aside

3 Oct

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“Fear never needs to control my choices. Something powerful rises up in me whenever I put the fear aside and move ahead in spite of it.”

—Judith Light

So, that’s what I did.

Art by Scott Conary.

 

 

That Girl

30 Sep

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“That girl has line in her head.”  

Dorothea Lange’s grandmother Sophie saying how Dorothea could see line and composition.  

From the book Dorothea Lange, A Life Beyond Limits by Linda Gordon.

Photograph by Dorothea Lange: A Sign of the Times—Depression—Mended Stockings, Stenographer, San Francisco 1934

Your Masterpiece

26 Sep

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“On up the mountain there’s a light making its way. On up the mountain night and day, you’ll get tired and you’ll get weak, but you won’t abandon your masterpiece.”

Song On Up The Mountain by Jakob Dylan from the 2008 album Seeing Things

I See Me

24 Sep

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“When I look in your eyes through all the years, I see me lovin’ you, and you lovin’ me.”

Sung by Al Green, one of my favorite singers.

Songwriters: MITCHELL, WILLIE / GREEN, AL L. / JACKSON, AL JR. I’m Still In Love With You lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., BUG MUSIC

Pablo Picasso “La Dance” 1922. Pastel on canvas.

Deep In My Soul

20 Sep

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“I know it’s late, I know you’re weary. I know your plans don’t include me. Still here we are…both of us lonely; longing for shelter from all that we see. Why should we worry? No one will care, girl. Look at the stars so far away. We’ve got tonight, who needs tomorrow?We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?

Deep in my soul, I’ve been so lonely. All of my hopes, fading away. I’ve longed for love, like everyone else does. I know I’ll keep searching, even after today. So there it is, girl. I’ve said it all now. And here we are babe; what do you say? We’ve got tonight. Who needs tomorrow? We’ve got tonight babe. Why don’t you stay?”

Lyrics We’ve Got Tonight by Bob Seeger

Keep Looking

18 Sep

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“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.”

—Steve Jobs

Poured Brightness

16 Sep

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“We belonged together; there was a dream rightness and magic to it, inarguable; the thought of her flooded every corner of my mind with light and poured brightness into miraculous lofts I hadn’t even known were there.”  

—Donna Tartt

Romy Schneider & Alain Delon, dancing at home, 1959

Like A Laugh

14 Sep

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“[Why are we so afraid of joy?] We think right behind joy is a knife that will cut your throat if we really feel it. It’s almost like a laugh—your chin goes up and your throat is exposed. If I laugh too loud, someone will slit my throat. That’s the terror of joy.”

—Judd Apatow

Master of Yourself

12 Sep

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Be sure to read the book that Gloria Vanderbilt wrote with her son, Anderson Cooper, called The Rainbow Comes and Goes.

You Think

10 Sep

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Don’t believe everything you think.

The Two Friends by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, 1894.

Keep Moving

8 Apr

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“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

― Albert Einstein

Its Chill

20 Mar

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“The air had lost the sharp heart of its chill. Winter’s back was broken.”

— Robert Goolrick (A Reliable Wife)

Happy First Day of Spring!

A Kind of Stealing

15 Mar

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“Photography is always a kind of stealing…a theft from the subject. Artists are assaulters in a lot of ways and the viewer is complicit in that assault.” 

— Hanya Yanagihara – A Little Life

Don’t Waste It

7 Mar

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“Compassion is a wonderful virtue but don’t waste it on those undeserving. If someone has their boot on your neck, kick them in the balls, then discuss.”

Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run (Book)

Image from page 347 of “The Stratford Gallery;” (1859)

 

Begin

3 Mar

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“To begin, begin.”

— Wordsworth

Caran d’Ache

Crack Your Heart

1 Mar
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By Pablo Picasso

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By Edward Hopper

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By Claude Monet

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By David Hockney

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By Georgia O’Keeffe

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By Andy Warhol

“Isn’t the whole point of things – beautiful things – that they connect you to some larger beauty? Those…images that crack your heart wide open?”

— Donna Tartt (The Goldfinch)

Heart On

27 Feb

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“Be careful what you set your heart on, for it will surely be yours.”

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Painting by Cagnaccio di San Pietro

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