Sunday Aug 07, 2005

State of Grace

As artist and teacher Robert Henri writes in his book, The Art Spirit:

“Art is simply a result of expression during right feeling. It’s a result of a grip on the fundamentals of nature, the spirit of life, the constructive force, the secret of growth, a real understanding of the relative importance of things, order, balance. Any material will do. After all, the object is not to make art, but to be in the wonderful state which makes art inevitable.”

A creator creates from emptiness; he makes something from nothing. Art that flows from the unencumbered soul is free, and radially different from art made under pressure for a specific purpose.

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