Etchings in the Sand…

Thoughts and Photos from the Desert…

The Goal of an Artist…

“The goal of an artist: to be free from violent joys and sorrows for which he had time enough during his past life. At breakfast not to think anything except that he will go to his workshop, where stretched canvases are ready. He works on a few of them simultaneously, intrigued by a surprise emerging out of the movements of the brush. He knows what he looks for, what he strives for. And that is the whole reality, a detail seen once but constantly escaping, its nameless essence not touched by anybody. Practically this means to re-create trees, landscapes, people, animals, but always with the hope that the brush will find a proper trail.”

Czeslaw Milosz

The Collected Poems 

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4 responses to “The Goal of an Artist…

  1. 1poet4man July 29, 2007 at 10:52 pm

    With all do respect:

    A poet
    An artist, or
    A reverend, are never really free.

    Just an opinion.

    Poetman

  2. Sorceress July 30, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Only a TRUE artist can be that way…..

  3. the individual voice July 30, 2007 at 9:34 am

    Sounds heavenly to me, in my busy life, where art has to fit into the corners, has to fight for it’s own time and space. I’ve had dreams like that poem, though, my whole life. A blank white studio with blank white canvases to paint on forever. As I said, Heaven. My newly born blog has a post today on how I try to structure art into my life.

  4. Jacob Russell July 30, 2007 at 11:54 am

    “Complete freedom consists of being able to do what you like–provided you also do something you like less.”
    Ital Svevo

    Jacob Russell’s Barking Dog

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