Thursday, October 11, 2007

a. behind a painting ...

"the fundamental fact that argues for the importance of the act of painting, is that painters spend their entire lives working with paint. there must be a reason ... it is the paint that is so absorbing, so deeply attractive, that a life spent in a studio can be a bearable life.
it is no wonder that painters can be so entranced by paint. substances occupy the mind profoundly, tethering moods to thoughts, tangling stray feelings with the movement of the body, engaging the full capacity of response and concentrating it on unpromising lumps of paint and color. there is no meaning that cannot seem to flow from the paint itself..."
'what painting is'
james elkins/2000