Sunday, August 1, 2010


The last few days have seen me holed up inside doing ‘art business’ i.e. the dreaded artist statement/submissions etc—a nightmare- for me at least.  Part of it though was researching other artists and I came across some really inspiring quotes from one of my my  ‘art heroes’  Emily Carr.  So I thought I’d share and have listed them  below.
 Also, an ‘August’ painting rendered a few years ago –the one that ‘got away’ so to speak.. I don’t know about other artists, but there are some paintings I wish I had of hung on to- this is one of them…

August, Remains of the Day
oil on canvas, triptych
36x36in, 2007


How badly I want that nameless thing! First there must be an idea, a feeling... Maybe it was an abstract idea that you've got to find a symbol for, or maybe it was a concrete form that you have to simplify or distort to meet your ends, but that starting point must pervade the whole.”

“The spirit must be felt so intensely that it has power to call others in passing, for it must pass, not stop in the pictures.”

“There are no words, no paints to express all this, only a beautiful dumbness in the soul, life speaking to life.” “

I think that one's art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.” “

I was not ready for abstraction. I clung to earth and her dear shapes, her density, her herbage, her juice. I wanted her volume, and I wanted to hear her throb.”

Be careful that you do not write or paint anything that is not your own, that you don't know in your own soul.”

“There is a need to go deeper, to let myself go completely, to enter into the surroundings in the real fellowship of oneness, to lift above the outer shell, out into the depth and wideness where God is the recognized centre and everything is in time with everything, and the key-note is God.”

“Look at the earth crowded with growth, new and old bursting from their strong roots hidden in the silent, live ground, each seed according to its own kind... each one knowing what to do, each one demanding its own rights on the earth... So, artist, you too from the deeps of your soul... let your roots creep forth, gaining strength.”



  1. Emily Carr .. one of my heroines since @ age six ! (many thanx to my dear, sweet great Aunt Eileen - who was an ardent and 'sharing' fan -and a fantastic pianist) ... Thank you to you Jan for sharing the lovely quotes !
    I can so 'see' why this painting left you with an empty space ! It almost defies descriptive words ! ... Just know your 'void' is one you will fill again & again ! On the other hand the current caretaker of your 'August' may only have this one chance ! You are so lucky & gifted ... it is only fair to share with the rest of the world !!! (you still have a picture !)
    btw ... I think I understand why you would have enjoyed keeping this one in the 'cradle' ... there is something that is so blatanly 'too hot to handle' about it ...
    I have no doubt you will create another !

    also ... where's Morgan ?! ... and the painting he was prompting ?!!! XO

  2. Love the Carr quotes!

    And the little bit of blue in the sky -- yummy!

  3. Jan, I can see why you would want to hang on to this painting. To quote Emily Carr, I would say that the spirit is definitely felt in this one. The colors are so bold and vivid and embrace the abundance that is August. I know what you mean about art business. I can say without hesitation that I "hate" that side of things. I think I spent a half a day getting a submission to the AGH for their November sale.
    Thanks for your comments regarding my plein air attempts. I like the idea of taking Bailey, but if you saw his face, it might not work :) Also, thanks for the invite. I may venture out that way one of these Tues.
    Love the quotes.

  4. I visit today your website, you have really a great works, congratulation I like so much your art

  5. I can see why you wish you'd hung onto this one, it's a stunner! The light is warm and inviting and the brushstrokes give it so much life and energy. Great quotes too, I love the idea of 'life speaing to life'. Delighted to have found your blog.

  6. Hi All,

    Sorry, am lax in responding. I hope you know that your comments--and the time you took to write them--really do mean a lot to me--