Thursday, November 25, 2010

Art can Save us from Freezing...

Excerpted from The Sprituality of Art  by Norman Fischer

"I'm in my car, on the highway. I turn off the news reports and the baseball game I've been listening to and switch to a Beethoven violin sonata that's loaded in the CD player. Listening to the music, my mind gradually starts to release, like a hand that had been grasping something tightly and is beginning to let go. Another mind appears, a mind completely engaged with the pattern the music weaves. A moment before, I'd been frozen into the shape of a self in a world. Now, the music has thawed me out.

The world and the self really do appear to us as frozen. Our personal problems, our self-definitions, what we hear from those around us—all these convincing and compelling experiences invite us to clutch at concepts, positions, worries. We naturally build vast structures of ice to hold in place the world and the self, chilly and confined. But the experience of art can shake us free of all that. Art can save us from freezing."
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Art Pic of the Day:

Cathedral Mountain - ORIGINAL Australia Landscape Painting

YenPaintings on Etsy

Original oil painting, listed and signed by artist. 2009.

Cathedral Mountain, Tasmania, Australia. This piece is one of 2 works on my hiking trip in Tasmania on the Overland Track (some say Underwater Track) with the imposing mountain aptly called Cathedral Mountain. The scene is from the hut that we stayed at that has the mountain has a magnificent backdrop.
Learn more about the work at yen's art blog:
Medium: Oil on Ready-to-Hang Canvas.Dimensions: 50 x 40cm or 19.75" x 15.75".


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