Monthly Archives: August 2011

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“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.”
— Susan Sontag

Looking.

Attention.

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The Heart of Creativity. Why? Where? How?

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This 18 minute video is one of my favorites. Elizabeth Gilbert wrote Eat Pray Love, which I finally read last summer. I found the book to be a delightfully passionate and honest one, and so full of meaty research. But mostly I was taken by her sheer skill as a creative writer. This is about our creative muse…….

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Particularly because of the joyful quality in so much of her work and its powerful and seductive use of color, Niki has proven exceptionally intriguing to audiences who are new to the world of modern art and its complexities. Because of Niki’s apparent simplicity, the works can be enjoyed appropriately on a number of levels and the more a viewer gets to know her work, the more intriguing content and greater complexity of composition the viewer discovers without losing the initial attraction to its energy and attractiveness.” – from the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Charlotte, NC.

Niki de Saint Phalle

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This painting was begun to remember the ocean, where I lived, on Edisto Island, for two years. But then this red ball appeared in the picture. It is about myself, and as Nietzche described the task we humans face, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, it is to be child-like, and, as he described it, “A wheel rolling out of its own center.”
original painting by Charlotte Hutson Wrenn ©2011

Rolling