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In this book from The Tate about the artist Sir Terry Frost, I found this:
"To look at a painting which gives you the opportunity to have solitude, to be yourself and to be able to wander into reverie, is more than hedonistic, it's spiritual".
Until now I have never 'got' the work of Mark Rothko - I loved his way with paint, but never understood the paintings themselves. Somehow this quote managed to pin down for me their essentially meditative nature.
Which leads me to this from Rothko:
"Art to me is an anecdote of the spirit, and the only
means of making concrete the purpose of its varied quickness and
In a strange way this has also given me a focus for my own abstract work, where I have I think always had this guilty feeling that I was simply making patterns - which for me is decoration not art. Consequently I am preparing a series based on this idea of reverie and on the idea of looking into and through a painting and finding yourself as much as the artist. Time will tell...
I have always liked the alternate history genre. I'm currently working on one of my own based on a slightly different outcome to the Easter Rising in Dublin 1916. I'm
posting these to the Usenet group soc.history.what-if
where you can join in the discussion (not that there is much currently) and I will be archiving them here as they are written, although currently the links on that page are to the usenet discussion (repeated below). You can also see a link to that page in the side bar on the right hand side.