Saturday, March 20, 2010

Great thoughts

While working on the furniture for the Glencairn Cottages, I heard these wonderful words from the great dancer Martha Graham quoted by Dr. Christiane Nothrup.  Beacuse I believe we are all artists in one way or another, I want to share them:

"There is a vitality, a life-force, a energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours, clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever anytime. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others. If I add something to my time, then that is my prize."

New photos tomorrow!


  1. Wow, that is an excellent quote, thank you so much for sharing it. Must go add something else to my time or make dinner!

  2. Yo soy profesora de dibujo y pintura, ya veces, tengo gente que viene a clase, y me dicen que no son Capaces de pintar Por que no son artistas, y mi contestación, es siempre la misma:
    Todos llevamos un pequeño artista escondido Dentro de nosotros.
    Un abrazo, por compartir esa cita, estoy totalmente de acuerdo.

  3. Jean Day referred me to this on your blog as I was yet again downing my abilities. Thank you so much for sharing it. It's exactly what I needed to hear! I am going to print it out and keep it posted over my work area.


  4. Glad you all liked the quote...

    Dora, I have done some teaching as well, and found that sometimes it is the students who say they are "not artists" who do some of the most interesting work. A hug back to you for encouraging them!