” Kandinsky is painting music. That is to say, he has broken down the barrier between music and painting and has isolated the pure emotion which, for want of a better name, we call the artistic emotion. Anyone who has listened to good music with any enjoyment will admit to an unmistakable but quite indefinable thrill. He will not be able, with sincerity, to say that such a passage gave him such visual impressions, or such a harmony roused in him such emotions. The effect of music is too subtle for words. And the same with this painting of Kandinsky’s. Speaking for myself, to stand in front of some of his drawings or pictures gives a keener and more spiritual pleasure than any other kind of painting. But I could not express in the least what gives the pleasure. Presumably the lines and colours have the same efect as harmony and rhythm in music have on the truly musical. That psychology comes in no one can deny. Many people- perhaps at present the very large majority of people – have their colour- music sense dormant. It has never been exercised. In the same way many people are unmusical- whether wholly, by nature, or partly, for lack of experience. Even when Kandinsky’s ideas is universally understood there may be many who are not moved by his melody. For my part, something within me answered to Kandinsky’s art the first time I met with it. There was no question of looking for representation; a harmony had been set up, and that was enough.”
Translator’s ( M.T.H. Sadler) Introduction to ,Wassily Kandinsky – Concerning the Spiritual in Art
” One of my favorite people in history is Philo Farnsworth. Forced to move from their home in Utah, his family settled in Idaho, where Philo reluctantly spent his time helping his father plow their potato fields. Physically, he was on a tractor but mentally the teenager was up in the attic, reading science magazines, dreaming of inventions and trying to solve one specific puzzle that kept him up at night. One morning while plowing the fields, he turned to look behind him, and it clicked. The parallel rows of potatoes were the answer to his puzzle. He realized that moving images could be scanned line by line with electrons and painted on a screen line by line. He had finally solved the puzzle, and at that very moment television was created.
Line is an important element to any journal page. It’s often overshadowed by color and design, but the simplicity of a line can speak volumes.
Take yourself on a line study. Look for lines of birds on a telephone wire, in leaves, in shadows, and lines of lightning across the sky. Sketch them in your journal. Create your own lines with various materials. Blow ink throught a straw, paint with a stick, dip a fork in paint. Squirt soy sauce out of the package, use your finger in a stamp pad, or watercolor in an ink dropper. Creating lines on your journal page will begin a search for other unusual tools. Remember, a simple line has the power to change the lives of every person on the planet. You just have to look for it. Even in a potato field.”
Wide Open-Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge by Randi Feuerhelm-Watts