Rise and Notice

A second blog post this week, as the bleak weather seems to call for some buoying. (Is that a word?) More quotes from:

Art and Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, David Bayles and Ted Orland, Image Continuum Press Edition, 1993

“Writer Henry James once proposed three questions you could productively put to an artist’s work…: What was the artist trying to achieve? Did he/she succeed? …Was it worth doing?…Provocative art challenges not only the viewer, but also its maker. Art that falls short often does so not because the artist failed to meet the challenge, but because there was never a challenge there in the first place.”

“To see things is to enhance your sense of wonder both for the singular pattern of your own experience, and for the meta-patterns that shape all experience. All this suggests a useful working approach to making art: notice the objects you notice.” 

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