• Raquel Aurini


"South Tuscany no.1", 24"x12", acrylic on wood panel.

This is the first day where it's been this cold, I loathe to go outside. Hot is more my game, but, alas, once again summer was too short. Perhaps it'll be a good time to work, read, write, and be nowhere. That being said, something I'm reading now is Joan Didion's "South and West". Fresh from the library, and it's already halfway done.

Last week, I watched the Netflix documentary "Joan Didion: The Centre Will Not Hold". I'm embarrassed to say, I believe this was the first time I heard of her. Though, memory isn't trustworthy, and as it seems, the more I try to put in this head, the more spills out. I found Joan and her life fascinating. I loved how she spoke with her hands, so gracefully gesturing. Immediately wanted to read everything she's ever written.

This one quote, stood out:

“I write entirely to find out what I'm thinking, what I'm looking at, what I see and what it means. What I want and what I fear.”

Joan Didion

It reminds me of my art. Frequently, I'll finish a painting or a drawing and some sort of a thought tangle has sorted itself out. Visually, has always been the best way I've communicated, though easily misunderstood. Joan Didion's writing style – that's how I want to express myself, with that honesty, elegance, and grace. Might be asking too much, I don't think writing, or words, will ever naturally flow for me. Though I bet I could learn from her work. If you're interested in finding out more about this documentary, the trailer can be found, here.

That's all for this week. Enjoy your weekend. Thanks for reading and bye for now.

#Netflixandchill #quotes #mylife #learning #art

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