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Old 12-01-2008, 01:10 PM
Ocean Ocean is offline
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Default Reflections on Art Work

I have been very intrigued by what triggers artistic inspiration. Sometimes it's impossible to pinpoint. It may be an external object at times, but probably not the most common occurrence. Most likely inspiration is internally driven. It represents an attempt to reach an aspect of our psychological life which is not readily available to rational analysis.

I enjoy art greatly. At times I'm driven to produce my modest but immensely rewarding form of art (drawing and painting). At other times I'm driven to observe someone else's work and see what I "learn" or understand or just experience from it. Lately I've been wondering whether introspection in a way can be considered 'art'. And I mean this in a very, very abstract way. If introspection is a means of "knowing oneself", is this (self) discovery also an act of creation?

As we approach the end of the year, it's good to engage in some form of reflection. Or at least this has been the case for me, although not always very successful. I've resurfaced a couple of my favorite books. There are books that seem to be an endless fountain of wisdom: each time you read them you can discover a new meaning. Were we blind to a certain content before? Or do we 'create' the meaning each time we read?

I'm intending to pick meaningful thoughts from my readings/ reflections. For today, the one that sticks in my head is the Ancient Greek Aphorism: "Know yourself".

Who dares to say that's an easy task?

I'd love to see what others think.

Last edited by Ocean; 12-01-2008 at 01:11 PM.. Reason: change title
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