• Raquel Aurini


If you have been reading some of my other posts, you should recognize this guy – "Manarola", from my Cinque Terre series. Begun, October 18 and still is a work in progress. I'm trying to have patience with the progression. It's not going to be instantaneous and it takes time. The majority is mapped out though, so it's a matter of tightening everything up. Working at it until that magical moment when I can finally pronounce it, DONE. On to the next.

The past few days my head hasn't been up to writing, it still isn't. So, in attempt to do it anyway, today's post is going to be short. I'd like to share a quote that I had copied some time ago in one of my sketchbooks. It's from a letter Sherwood Anderson (writer), wrote to his son, who was an aspiring painter at the time. According to my source this was written in 1927.*

"The object of art is not to make salable pictures. It is to save yourself. ... The thing, of course, is to make yourself alive. Most people remain all of their lives in a stupor. The point of being an artist is that you may live."

– Sherwood Anderson

This resonates with me because for a long time, painting was my therapy, meditation, demon exorciser. I suppose you could say it saved me. It kept me (relatively) sane, as each day I would come home exhausted from the rat race, only to start again the next day, the next week, the next month...year...chained to a desk. And now I do THIS everyday! I feel like I'm doing something important – if only important to me. Though, I suppose, in making this work, improving as I go – I'm a work in progress too.

I'm calling it, DONE – until next time, thanks for reading and bye.

*I don't know where I originally copied the quote from, but the details I found on Brainpickings where you can read more in the article: "Sherwood Anderson on Art and Life: A Letter of Advice to His Teenage Son". Additionally, if you're ever looking for a good book, check with Brainpickings, I love that site.

#quotes #workinprogress #series #mylife #inspiration

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