Art Quote of the Day

” 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

Art Quote of the Day

“Annie Hooper was born in 1897 and grew up with twelve siblings and fourteen foster children.  After getting married, she happily raised her son, taught sunday school, wrote poetry and was secretly writing a romance novel.  She love to study, write and just hang out with people.  Then , throught a long series of events, poor Annie was moved from her beloved life in North Carolina to Norfolk, Virginia.  Alone, no husband, no son, no sunday school.  No extended family ,( and I do mean extended!)

So what did she do for her remaining forty years?  Rise above her misfortune? Beat the odds?  Nope. She got depressed and then more depressed. In her intense loneliness, Annie started making dolls out of driftwood and cement.  Doll after doll, Annie eventually filled her home with over 2,500  before her death.

Our repetitive findings don’t have to fill every room in the house like Annie’s did.  But Annie can inspire us to observe the natural rhythm of daily objects.

Take your camera and go on a repetition journey.  Observe fish lined up in the glass case at the market, eggs in the fridge, rows in a conrfield, rows of mailboxes.  There is comfort in rhythm, routine, one day following the next in order.  Repetition doesn’t have to be in rows. Stand over your journal and drop several identical images, gluing themwhere they land.  Instead of creating neat little lines, let them create themselves.  Stand back and be the observer. As journalers we are only the observers.

Wide Open – Inspiration and Techniques for Art Journaling on the Edge by Randi Feurerhelm-Watts