Saturday, May 29, 2010

Artistic Inspiration -- The value of the search.

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."

1 comment:

Tara Thayer said...

hi jill!
tim went through some of my old photos, and some of them are pretty good, actually. which got me thinking about how my photos will look a year from now...when i've learned more about f-stops blah etc...will the ones i'm taking now seem less good, then?
i really want to always feel like i'm learning, but also, just happy to be doing.
i think this has something to do with your passage quoted today. maybe not. but, hi.
how's the salon coming?