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The Reality of a Work of Art

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“The one who looks at it is part of the work itself.”
Quote from video below. All images are the art of Pierre Soulages

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Peace of Mind

George Harrison quotes

“I’ll tell you one thing for sure: once you get to the point where you’re actually doing things for truth’s sake, then nobody can ever touch you again, because you’re harmonizing with a greater power.”

“At death, you’re going to be needing some spiritual guidance and some kind of inner knowledge that extends beyond the boundaries of the physical world… it’s what’s inside that counts.”

“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.”

“People are simply screwing up when they go out and buy beefsteak, which is killing them with cancer and heart troubles. The stuff costs a fortune, too. You could feed a thousand people with lentil soup for the cost of half a dozen filets.”

“We’re now the results of our past actions, and in the future, we’ll be the results of the actions we’re performing now.”

“The world is a very serious and, at times, very sad place – but at other times it is all such a joke.”

“Most people think when the world gets itself together, we’ll all be okay. I don’t see that situation arriving. I think one by one, we all free ourselves from the chains we have chained ourselves to. But I don’t think that suddenly some magic happens and the whole lot of us will all be liberated in one throw.”

“Make love, take love, but you should give love. And try to live love.”

“Basically, I feel fortunate to have realized what the goal is in life. There’s no point in dying having gone through your life without knowing who you are, what you are, or what the purpose of life is. And that’s all it is.”

All quotes by George Harrison

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The Art of Wolfgang Laib

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Give Me Truth

Henry David Thoreau

“The rarest quality in an epitaph is truth.”

“It is usually the imagination that is wounded first, rather than the heart; it being much more sensitive.”

“The universe is wider than our views of it.”

“If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”

“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.”

“Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.”

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

“Aim above morality. Be not simply good – be good for something.”

“If the machine of government is of such a nature that it requires you to be the agent of injustice to another, then, I say, break the law.”

“There will never be a really free and enlightened State until the State comes to recognize the individual as a higher and independent power, from which all its own power and authority are derived, and treats him accordingly.”

“Never look back unless you are planning to go that way.”

“Pursue some path, however narrow and crooked, in which you can walk with love and reverence.”

“An early-morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”

“Our life is frittered away by detail… simplify, simplify.”

“Most of the luxuries and many of the so-called comforts of life are not only not indispensable, but positive hindrances to the elevation of mankind.”

“Men have become the tools of their tools.”

“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.”

“If a man walks in the woods for love of them half of each day, he is in danger of being regarded as a loafer. But if he spends his days as a speculator, shearing off those woods and making the earth bald before her time, he is deemed an industrious and enterprising citizen.”

“Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth.”

All quotes by Henry David Thoreau

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High Edge of Strength and Courage

Joan Halifax

“In being with dying, we arrive at a natural crucible of what it means to love and be loved. And we can ask ourselves this: Knowing that death is inevitable, what is most precious today?”

“All beings, including each one of us, enemy and friend alike, exist in patterns of mutuality, interconnectedness, co-responsibility and ultimately in unity.”

“A world without empathy is a world that is dead to others—and if we are dead to others, we are dead to ourselves. The sharing of another’s pain can take us past the narrow canyon of selfish disregard, and even cruelty, and into the larger, more expansive landscape of wisdom and compassion.”

“I have come to see that mental states are also ecosystems. These sometimes friendly and at times hazardous terrains are natural environments embedded in the greater system of our character.”

“There is evidence from evolutionary biology, sociology, neuroscience, and many other fields that we need to abandon our old misanthropic (and misogynist) notions for a sweeping new view of human nature.”

“The way out of the storm and mud of suffering, the way back to freedom on the high edge of strength and courage, is through the power of compassion.”

“The secret of life,” say the Utes, “is in the shadows and not in the open sun; to see anything at all, you must look deeply into the shadow of a living thing.”

“Compassion may be defined as the capacity to be attentive to the experience of others, to wish the best for others, and to sense what will truly serve others.”

“We live in a time when science is validating what humans have known throughout the ages: that compassion is not a luxury; it is a necessity for our well-being, resilience, and survival.”

“Death can come at any moment. You could die this afternoon; you could die tomorrow morning; you could die on your way to work; you could die in your sleep. Most of us try to avoid the sense that death can come at any time, but its timing is unknown to us. Can we live each day as if it were our last? Can we relate to one another as if there were no tomorrow?”

“Yes, creation is moving toward us; life is moving toward us all the time. We back away, but it keeps pushing toward us. Why not step forward and greet it.”

“Radical optimism is a big view of the moment that does not include outcome.”

All quotes by Roshi Joan Halifax

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Creativity Is Subtraction

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I made a soup a few weeks ago that was terrible. I simply put too many things in the mix. I was so disappointed with how it came out. But it was a great reminder! I really feel (and eat) best when I ferociously edit and narrow down what I am doing. When I savor and fully dive into the wonderful world of very few ingredients.

Working within constraints works for me. I think that’s why I dig minimalism and the barebones-ness of Zen. It’s also a big part of the art that I typically admire.

I love the darker works of Sean Scully. The paintings that are all black are so divine to me. For example; Fort #2 1980, and Blue 1979. I can stare at Blue 1979 for hours. Not to sound dramatic, but it’s like I’m in the womb. I think that’s also why I love looking at the sky at 3AM. The dark vastness of it all, it’s beyond words — so humbling and inspiring.

Anyway… somehow, all of this thinking made me think of Austin Kleon. (That’s how my brain works. It’s always connecting dots in strange ways.) I’m going to embed a bunch of Autin’s work below. Just to give a feeling of creative process, and the tenacity it takes to edit one’s life and one’s work. (Which to me is the same thing. As an artist, I don’t separate the two.)

The skeleton image shows how to take criticism for your choices. The cliff edges show how scary life can feel when you go for what you want. Every image is a reminder of the journey. And I always relish reminders.

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All images are the art of Austin Kleon

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Hellah’s Run Across America

Hellah Sidibe

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