great quotes about work

Yesterday I and many helpers (the gallery committee), including my husband Rick, put up a new exhibit of my work yesterday at the Community Church Chapel Hill. They have a lovely, well-lit sanctuary with space set aside FOR art. They like looking at art while they think about their souls, I guess. Once again, I’m mixing old and new and getting a really nice show. Pix in the next blogpost.

What I’m writing about today, tho, is the quotation that was on the flyer they created for my show. I really like it:

“What is real is not the external form, but the essence of things…it is impossible for anyone to express anything essentially real by imitating its exterior surface. Don’t look for obscure formulas or mystery in my work. It is pure joy that I offer you. Look at my sculptures until you see them. Those closest to God have seen them. ”  Constantin Brancusi

Brancusi is a sculptor whose work I happen to like. ‘What synchronicity,’ I think; ‘I connect with his words, too.’

“Not so much,” says my spouse. “Your work is all about mystery.” Ok, I say, elaborate. “Well, the longer I look at a piece of yours, it could be years, the more I see or the more different things I see. It keeps changing.”

For instance, this painting–painting of heron eating koi

What Rick sees in this painting is: “…a guy fleeing a giant godzilla-heron.” The guy is the orange shapes, not the goldfish I thought I was painting.

I painted the heron eating the garden pond koi because I love this idea.
photo of watercolor "fish too big" I’ve seen photos of this that supported what I thought was just a fanciful imagining of mine as I painted. The first time I painted this idea was more than 10 years ago. “Fish Too Big.”

I mean, so far, that’s what he sees. It’s another great quote from yesterday and the start of a new category here. Oh boy!

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2 Responses to great quotes about work

  1. Kim says:

    hahaha! Yeah, husband-vision can be quite interesting!

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