I came across this quote this weekend, in an advertisement for bags. It made me want the bags; not just because they had fun patterns, but because of their connection with this quote which seems to illustrate concisely the role of emotion in the work. When I work I am not thinking about emotion(most of the time). I am lost to the world of water, salt, oil, & pigment: watching water colors blooms happen, & salt morph paintings. Thinking about it I work with a sense of peace & anticipation, excitement over what I am going to learn next, what the pigment is going to do. However sometimes I go to my studio to calm my mind, & when I do that I am mostly disappointed with the work as it is too tight & jagged. So I think Tolstoy was correct, "art... is the transmission of the feeling the artist has experienced." Happy Monday Y'all!
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