Wednesday, October 20, 2010

On Poetry, Art, Life and Creativity

"Poetry is the mysterious wing that glides at will in the whole world of the soul, in that infinite sphere, one part of which is colors, another sounds, another movements, another judgments, and so forth, all vibrating simultaneously, according to certain laws, that a vibration in one region communicates itself to another region. The privilege of art is to feel and express these relationships, which are deeply hidden in the very unity of life. From these vibrations of the diverse regions of the soul an accord results, and this accord is life; and when this accord is expressed, it constitutes art." ~ Henri Dorra

This quote was found by a wonderful person who goes by the name, XineAnn, posted at Ars Poetica and Other Ecstacies. I encourage you to visit her many links and her sites for art and illustration, Art Passions, and Artsy Craftsy.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Art Arises

"Art arises from a spiritual longing that all people share: to make our mark on the world and to spend our life energy in a work that rises above the mundane, adding grace to existence. We respond to the light of the world around us by giving expression to our own inner light, and when the two are on the same wavelength, the world seems more brilliant and finely focused." ~ Gary Kowalski

~ Gary Kowalski from The Souls of Animals (New World Library, c1991, 1999)

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quote - Confronting the Self

"Writing is an act of hope. It means carving order out of chaos, of challenging one’s own beliefs and assumptions, of facing the world with eyes and heart wide open. Through writing we declare a personal identity amid faceless anonymity. We find purpose and beauty and meaning even when the rational mind argues that none of these exist. Writing therefore, is also an act of courage. How much easier is it to lead an unexamined life than to confront yourself on the page?"

Jack Heffron (from “The Writer’s Idea Book”)

I've never read this book, but I recently came across this quote, and I like it.