Monday, January 23, 2012

What the Heart Can Imagine



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"In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine." 
—Ralph Waldo Emerson

12 comments:

  1. Ralph Waldo knew how to turn a phrase. The rest of us have to use photographs. This is a particularly nice one.

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  2. Good writing is inspiring, isn't it, Ken? I know it challenges me to be more clear in making my point with pictures. Role models serve to keep us humble and honing our skills.

    Thanks for the kind words on this picture.

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  3. Another lovely image Anita. It's very calming to look at. A small part of me is always curious to know what the original images looked like when I see this sort of work, but a much bigger part doesn't want to know in case the spell you've woven would be altered by knowing. Sometimes we just need to accept work the way that the artist presented it.

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  4. What a lovely image. You've gotten so skilled working in this style. I don't believe I have the required vision, focus or skill for this type of work.

    A poem often leaves room for the imagination...this image is a visual poem.

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    1. I have no doubt, Earl, that you would excel at this type of work, if you were moved to tackle it and it became your passion. Still, I deeply appreciate your compliment.

      Your last sentence would be an ideal addition to my bio/artists' statement. May I use the term "visual poem", with your permission?

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    2. Anita, you may use anything I happen to say...as long as it's not against me in a court of law! ;-)

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  5. Colin, you are so generous. I thank you for the compliment and for having summed up, quite eloquently, something that I recently learned. The point of this type of image is to infuse some mystery; too much information dispels that mystery and as you said, breaks the spell. Your last sentence serves as a cautionary tale for all of us, I think. There is a time for the critique and a time to take in what's given as it is offered. There is enough food for thought in your brief paragraph to engage me for hours. I am encouraged to write a post on this topic dueto experiences at shows and wonder if I might have permissions ton quote you at some length? Since you have stated this so well, I would be stuck trying to match your clarity and succinctness.

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  6. To anyone, or no one: the new so called "reply" button is quite unpredictable. I never know where the reply will be placed. Since Google took over Blogger, it has been a bit of an adventure.

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  7. Fog and trees are always a winning combination.

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  8. very beautiful work and postproc.

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