April 06, 2007

Chance

Chance favors only the prepared mind.

Louis Pasteur, 1854


April 04, 2007

Painting a face

I was painting a face last night and I suddenly remembered the following quote by Picasso:

What is a face, really? Its own photo? Its make-up? Or is it a face as painted by such or such painter? That which is in front? Inside? Behind? And the rest? Doesn’t everyone look at himself in his own particular way? Deformations simply do not exist.


April 03, 2007

"finish" a piece of work

To finish a work? To finish a picture? What nonsense! To finish it means to be through with it, to kill it, to rid it of its soul, to give it its final blow the coup de grace for the painter as well as for the picture.

Pablo Picasso


April 01, 2007

Story Water

A story is like water
that you heat for your bath.

It takes messages between the fire
and your skin. It lets them meet,
and it cleans you!

Very few can sit down
in the middle of the fire itself
..we need intermediaries.

A feeling of fullness comes,
but usually it takes some bread
to bring it.

Beauty sorrounds us,
but usually we need to be walking
in a garden to know it.

The body itself is a screen
to shield and partially reveal
the light that’s blazing
inside your presence.

Water,stories, the body,
all the things we do, are mediums
that hide and show what’s hidden.

Study them,
and enjoy this being washed
with a secret that we sometimes know,
and then not.

Rumi (1207-1273) “How the Unseen World Works”


March 30, 2007

Symbolism

We are symbols, and inhabit symbols.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


March 28, 2007

Genius

Genius is 1 per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration

(Thomas A. Edison, C. 1895)


February 07, 2006

The Mind

33 The mind is wavering and restless, difficult to guard and restrain: let the wise man straighten his mind as a maker of arrows makes his arrows straight.

34 Like a fish which is thrown on dry land, taken from his home in the waters, the mind strives and struggles to get free from the power of Death

35 The mind is frickle and flightly, it flies after fancies wharever it likes; it is difficult indeed to restrain. But it is gread good to control the mind; a mind self-controlled is a source of great joy.

36 Invisible and subtle is the mind, and it flies after fancies wherever it likes; but let the wise man guard well his mind, for a mind well guarded is a source of great joy.

From the Buddha’s teachings


February 06, 2006

Good Answers

Good answers come from good questions not from esoteric analysis.

Schoolman et al., (1968)


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