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Article by Eric Francis: Where the Art Studio Meets the Healing Space
In 1975, Peter Schmidt and Brian Eno created the original pack of Oblique Strategies cards, through thinking about approaches to their own work as artist and musician.
The Artist’s Way
The Artist’s Way is the seminal book on the subject of creativity. An international bestseller, millions of readers have found it to be an invaluable guide to living the artist’s life. Still as vital today—or perhaps even more so—than it was when it was first published one decade ago, it is a powerfully provocative and inspiring work. In a new introduction to the book, Julia Cameron reflects upon the impact of The Artist’s Way and describes the work she has done during the last decade and the new insights into the creative process that she has gained. Updated and expanded, this anniversary edition reframes The Artist’s Way for a new century.Julia Cameron keeps row after row of journals on the wooden bookcase in her writing room, all containing Morning Pages from more than twelve years of her life. The journals, she says, listen to her. They have been company on travels, and she is indebted to them for consolation, advice, humor, sanity. Now the bestselling author of The Artist’s Way offers readers the same companion, in which we may discover ourselves, our fears and aspirations, and our life’s daily flow. Readers will find privacy, a portable writing room, where our opinions are for our own eyes. The Artist’s Way Morning Pages Journal prioritize the day, providing clarity and comfort. With an introduction and instructions on how to use this journal, by Julia Cameron, readers will uncover the history of their spirits as they move their hands across the universe of their lives.
Resources for casting a chart
Major planets http://www.astro.com/cgi/chart.cgi
Minor points http://www.serennu.com/astrology/ephemeris.php
Quotes on Art by Artists
I could not sit seriously down to write a serious romance under any other motive than to save my life; and if it were indispensable for me to keep it up and never relax into laughing at myself or at other people, I am sure I should be hung before I had finished the first chapter.
– Jane Austen
The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery.
– Francis Bacon
The holy grail is to spend less time making the picture than it takes people to look at it.
Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
Don’t only practise your art, but force your way into its secrets; art deserves that, for it and knowledge can raise man to the Divine.
– Ludwig van Beethoven
They want me to write differently. Certainly I could, but I must not. God has chosen me from thousands and given me, of all people, this talent. It is to Him that I must give account. How then would I stand there before Almighty God, if I followed the others and not Him?
– Anton Bruckner
I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.
The painter must enclose himself within his work; he must respond not with words, but with paintings.
– Paul Cezanne
Mistakes are almost always of a sacred nature. Never try to correct them. On the contrary: rationalize them, understand them thoroughly. After that, it will be possible for you to sublimate them.
When I paint, the sea roars. The others splash about in the bath.
– Salvador Dali
I have sometimes heard painters say that they paint “for themselves”: but I think they would soon have painted their fill if they lived on a desert island. The primary purpose of all art forms, whether it’s music, literature, or the visual arts, is to say something to the outside world; in other words, to make a personal thought, a striking idea, an inner emotion perceptible to other people’s senses in such a way that there is no uncertainty about the maker’s intentions.
– M C Escher
You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.
– Neil Gaiman
Art is in itself noble; that is why the artist has no fear of what is common. This, indeed, is already ennobled when he takes it up.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.
I see more and more that my work goes infinitely better when I am properly fed, and the paints are there, and the studio and all that. But have I set my heart on my work being a success? A thousand times no. I wish I could manage to make you really understand that when you give money to artists, you are yourself doing an artist’s work, and that I only want my pictures to be of such a quality that you will not be too dissatisfied with your work.
– Vincent van Gogh
Really I do not know whether my paintings are surrealist or not, but I do know that they are the frankest expression of myself.
I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.
– Frida Kahlo
It is a mistake to think that the practice of my art has become easy to me. I assure you, dear friend, no one has given so much care to the study of composition as I. There is scarcely a famous master in music whose works I have not frequently and diligently studied.
– Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.
– George Orwell
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.
Nature does many things the way I do, but she hides them!
Art is not the application of a canon of beauty but what the instinct and the brain can conceive beyond any canon. When we love a woman we don’t start measuring her limbs.
– Pablo Picasso
When I’m painting, I’m not aware of what I’m doing. It’s only after a get acquainted period that I see what I’ve been about.
Every good painter paints what he is.
– Jackson Pollock
Most writers enjoy two periods of happiness – when a glorious idea comes to mind and, secondly, when a last page has been written and you haven’t had time to know how much better it ought to be.
– J B Priestley
I say that one must be a seer, make oneself a seer. The poet makes himself a seer by a long, prodigious, and rational disordering of all the senses. Every form of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he consumes all the poisons in him, and keeps only their quintessences.
The idea is to reach the unknown by the derangement of all the senses. It involves enormous suffering, but one must be strong and be a born poet. It’s really not my fault.
– Arthur Rimbauld
To produce good sculpture it is not necessary to copy the works of antiquity; it is necessary first of all to regard the works of nature, and to see in those of the classics only the method by which they have interpreted nature.
– Auguste Rodin
By heaven, I do love: and it hath taught me to rhyme, and to be melancholy.
– William Shakespeare
A good painter has two main objects to paint, man and the intention of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard as he has to represent it by the attitude and movement of the limbs.
Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art.
– Leonardo da Vinci
Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.
No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did he would cease to be an artist.
– Oscar Wilde