Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The role of an artist





"A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn't diminish us, but enlarges us, and we, too, want to make our own cry of affirmation to the power of creation behind the universe. This surge of creativity has nothing to do with competition, or degree of talent....This response on the part of any artist is the need to make incarnate the new awareness we have been granted through the genius of someone else."

– Madeleine L'Engle
A Circle of Quiet


My love for Madeleine L'Engle runs deep. I remember my father reading A Wrinkle in Time to us when we were in grade school, my sisters and I piled onto the trundle beds, listening avidly. Her thoughts on art, life, family and God have been very influential to me and my life, so I wanted to share a little of her with you this morning. I thought her writings on the role of an artist very fitting for us all!

Images found here

27 comments:

Cupcakes and Cashmere said...

i love the idea that someone's artistic creativity has nothing to do with competition. so true.

cindy : quaint said...

i agree ... we're all unique and can be great. thanks for sharing your love of ms. l'engle.

wunderbug said...

mmm. awesome. such a great quote.

nichole said...

Wonderful quote! Thanks for sharing.

picciolo said...

thanks for sharing such a wonderful quote!
: )

Design Lovely said...

Very fitting! Madeleine L'Engle words are quite lovely. Thanks for sharing.

Amanda said...

Madeleine L'Engle is my fave. Really my fave. I cried for a long time when she passed away.

Thank you for posting this.

please sir said...

Wow - what amazing wisdom. I've been down about art recently - my own and others. Not really finding my place and not seeing the place of others. This helps to put things in perspective.

paula said...

beautiful...simply beautiful.

Rachel said...

I love her too. I think I've devoured everything she's ever written.

littlebyrd said...

Oh - I loved this! A beautiful passage. I want to check out more of her writings now. I loved a wrinkle in time as a child too.

Tina said...

such beautiful photos, blue&white is my all-time fav colour combo, that french bed & the hard suitcase is just too perfect!

Susan said...

I loved A Wrinkle in Time--read it when I was in the 3rd grade. I have many of her other books---waiting to be read. Thanks for the encouragement.

Kate said...

Great words of wisdom.

The images are so beautiful. They make me want to pack my bags and move to a beach house.

Kotori said...

I love Madelein L'Engle too... such a great childhood memory reading her books.

hmstrjam said...

lovely julia!

dolcechic said...

I love this bedroom. I want this bedroom!!!

Callie Grayson said...

lovely words and inspiration.
xx
callie

Joyce said...

I love her words of wisdom and words to live by. Art is sharing a piece of what lies inside of us.
Thank you for the wonderful reminder. xoxo
PS I love your colorful header it makes me want to spring dance!

Michelle Parks McCourt said...

lovely quote.

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●• Tiny Red said...

i'm loving this little 'catch up on your posts' moment..
full of inspiration as usual :)

Mary Jo from TrustYourStyle said...

She was always a favorite of mine too, growing up. Thank you for this, it's a wonderful quote and love those beautiful photos. Would love to get a headboard like that one.

pve design said...

yes, we are a sum of parts, us artists and those that want to enlarge life. you always share the best images and words.
pve

Brittany Noel said...

Gorgeous images and love the quote. Pretty much sums it up :)

heidi said...

Oh how i adore that book... it's one of the ones that makes me who I am today. Thanks for the quote! :-)

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