Friday, September 3, 2010
Harlan's studio at Payne Hollow
When I am painting, or have painting in my mind,
I see more, observe more carefully, am more sensitive...
I see through my pictures.
I see everything as a painting. I see so much more.
Seeing things as a painter, seeing pictures.
This is a great happiness.
It brings everything into balance and harmony.
Painting can only be done in some state of exaltation.
It is a force that breaks through the routine of life,
that transcends life itself.
It is exciting with boundless possibilities.
I am always painting in my mind.
Just a little solid, creative painting and the day is good.
It brings us closer to the earth,
makes the present moment exhilarating,
the future hopeful.
It is a strange life when I consider it,
how I endeavor to attain strength and clarity,
to mold these base materials into forms which will express me,
and my attitude, my joy and thankfulness.
I work alone,
who cares whether I produce anything or not,
or who appreciates it?
Yet I believe a good thing will not perish.
~ Harlan Hubbard
from "Harlan Hubbard and the River - A Visionary Life"
by Don Wallis