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This painting is the image that reminds me of Charlotte, the city.
Niki de Saint Phalle’s sculpture, Firebird, stands to welcome us to the city’s new museum of modern art in downtown Charlotte, North Carolina. The presence of this magical sculpture takes this city to a bigger place in the art world. The piece is magical in its ability to soften modern art and attract. Who does not want to stand under her big-legged arch and see themselves in reflexion of mirror? Ah, art. The entire museum, too, is irresistibly attractive.
(©’11 CHW/this image was taken with the iPhone4 with the app, Photosynth)
John O’Donohue, in his book, Beauty, The Invisible Embrace, calls ocean ‘wild divinity’. Water, he writes, stirs something very deep and ancient in the human heart.
But there is so much more to ocean. “It is beauty charged with danger.” He continues, yet even in its wildest passion, the ocean still holds dignity, it maintains poise. However and wherever it throws itself, it never falls outside of itself… it is always within the shelter of the one rhythm.”
Hope whispers in these waves. The tide always returns.
“Intimacy, says the phenomenologist Gaston Bachelard, is the highest value. I resist this statement at first. What about artistic achievement, or moral courage, or heroism, or altruistic acts, or work in the cause of social change? What about wealth or accomplishment? And yet something about it rings true, finally—that what we want is to be brought into relationship, to be inside, within. Perhaps it’s true that nothing matters more to us than that.”
— Mark Doty (Still Life With Oysters and Lemon: On Objects and Intimacy)
“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
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…….