I have been woefully absent from this space due to the lack of camera, which I have blogged about ad naseum. However, this absence does not mean that I have been putting those energies into cleaning the house or becoming more organized or catching up on correspondence, filing and garage-cleaning. Oh no. That's not me (with apologies to my patient husband). Instead, I've been painting. Pictures to come, camera is due to be ready today!
I just wanted to share a bit from the book, Hawthorne on Painting, a collection of lessons from painter Charles Hawthorne (1872-1930) collected by his wife, credited as Mrs. Charles W. Hawthorne. It's an inspiring little book, loaded with jewels. Here's a passage which appeals to my minah-bird nature:
"Don't try to be an artist all at once, be very much of a student. Be always searching, never settle to do something you've done before. Always be looking for the unexpected in nature-- you can have no formulas for anything; search constantly. Don't learn how to do things, keep on inquiring how. You must keep up an attitude of continuous study and so develop yourself. I don't know a better definition of an artist than one who is eternally curious."