Monday, June 16, 2014

when your heart was most alive

"The movements of our hands help build the

We add to the universe by our efforts.
Whatever we do, we should never think it is

whatever we do, we should not conclude it
is so important either. Between those two

poles find your balance; between those two
regions your talents will bloom."

- Hafiz

"Write a little note to yourself about when your heart was most
alive. Carry that with you for a fortnight;

some tiny transference of love could happen to all you near,
when your memory touches what was once sacred to you."

- Hafiz

from Brain Pickings, excerpts from a letter Sherwood Anderson wrote to his son:

The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself.

The thing of course, is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor.

The point of being an artist is that you may live.
You won’t arrive. It is an endless search.

It's a difficult time to be an artist right now, a difficult time to be a writer. Finding a publisher for one's work has always been tricky, but never more so than now. Finding readers. There's always the hope that the right books find their way into the hands of those who need them. And I believe that's very often true.

Just as books have been said to be disappearing, the demise of the painting has also long been predicted. And sure, paintings are competing with big screen TVs and video games and Game of Thrones. Why would you buy a painting when you could have a TV in every room of your house?

"Whatever you do will be insignificant, but it is very important that you do it.”

- Mahatma Gandhi

It's an odd life. You know the rug can be pulled out from under you at any time. We constantly make contingency plans. We've been doing this for years and it has a way of calming our nerves. We can sell our house and move to San Miguel de Allende or maybe Halifax. This summer I'm going to declutter the house, clean it as if we're moving. So I tell myself. This need to pare down, to be ready for any contingency.

But I'm also going to write a note to myself about when my heart was most alive.

Meanwhile. I've added a few new photos to my Crated gallery. {click here to visit}

I'm particularly proud of the paint tube images. The tube is in fact from Rob's first oil paint kit that he used in his very first oil painting class at the U of Alberta. It's been kicking around in his paint box ever since.

The paintbrushes in this post are also Rob's - some older ones no longer in use.


  1. Thank you for sharing these thoughts today.
    Balm for my heart & soul.

  2. What a beautiful and important post today, I love the idea that the "thing" about art is to make oneself more alive.


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