Wednesday, December 16, 2020

"drawing lends to any pursuit of knowledge"

I really appreciate this perspective on how drawing something helps one understand it. I think this applies to all art forms, particularly in writing the narrative form. When we devote focus and time to an object, whether a physical object, a person, an idea, a feeling, and we come into agreement with our bodies to not only think over it, but physically move in the process (the hand moving as one makes a brush stroke or a pen stroke) we can deepen our understanding as we discover new details and depth to that object. We move and think around it, into it, through it.

This talk was hosted by The Huntington Garden & Museum. 

"A concise master class on the important contribution that drawing lends to any pursuit of knowledge, using examples of two botanical illustrations by Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdés (1478-1557) and Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717)."

Monday, December 7, 2020

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Naguib Mahfouz

Naguib Mahfouz was an Egyptian writer who won the 1988 Nobel Prize for Literature. He is regarded as one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature, along with Taha Hussein, to explore themes of existentialism.


“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.”


“It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.”


“I found myself in a sea in which the waves of joy and sorrow were clashing against each other.”


“Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease.”


“When you spend time with your friends, what do you talk about? Those things which made an impression on you that day, that week ... I write stories the same way. Events at home, in school, at work, in the street, these are the bases for a story. Some experiences leave such a deep impression that instead of talking about them at the club I work them into a novel.”


“Madness is the acme of intelligence.”


“Fear does not prevent death. It prevents life.”


“I wake up early in the morning and walk for an hour. If I have something to write, I prefer to write in the morning until midday, and in the afternoon, I eat.”


“Events at home, at work, in the street - these are the bases for a story.”


“There are no heroes in most of my stories. I look at our society with a critical eye and find nothing extraordinary in the people I see.”


“If you want to move people, you look for a point of sensitivity, and in Egypt nothing moves people as much as religion.”


“If the urge to write should ever leave me, I want that day to be my last.”


“God did not intend religion to be an exercise club.”


“Writing is for men who can think and feel, not mindless sensation seekers out of nightclubs and bars. But these are bad times. We are condemned to work with upstarts, clowns who no doubt got their training in a circus and then turned to journalism as the appropriate place to display their tricks.”


“Literature should be more revolutionary than revolutions themselves; writers must find the means to continue to be critical of the negative elements in the sociopolitical reality.”

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Eleonora Duse Quotes

I just purchased the book, The Mystic In The Theatre, a biography on Eleanora Duse. She was a profound actress in the early 1900's. An intense and brilliant woman. 

Below are some of my favorite quotes of hers along with some images I love


 ''If I had my will I would live in a ship on the sea, and never come nearer to humanity than that!''

''The one happiness is to shut one's door upon a little room, with a table before one, and to create; to create life in that isolation from life.''

''... does it seem to you that it is possible to speak of Art? It would be the same as explaining love!''

''To help, to continually help and share, that is the sum of all knowledge; that is the meaning of art.''

First one works alone through the mind, then before the public through experience.
If the sight of the blue skies fills you with joy, if a blade of grass springing up in the fields has power to move you, if the simple things of nature have a message that you understand, rejoice, for your soul is alive.

I use everything that I pick up in my memory, and everything that vibrates in my soul.