Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.
Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
So many of our painting problems are really problems of sight. The great writer, lecturer and professor of comparative mythology, Joseph Campbell advised, "Look, look long, and the world comes in." This applies to the making of art. The art historian Ernst Gombrich made the idea into a poem:
Seeing depends on your knowledge
And knowledge, of course, on your college,
But when you are erudite and wise
What matters is to use your eyes.