To create one’s world

To create one’s world in any of the arts takes courage. (Georgia O’Keeffe)

In “An Invitation to Happiness” (13 June 2011), Touch2Touch posted a striking red and green image — poppies in a wheat field in France — together with a quote from Karl Duffy: “… I am given opportunities each day to collect moments of colour, little miracles of light, that give me courage to go on and renew my joy. They invite me to not just live life, but to celebrate it.”

A couple of days later, Touch2Touch posted poppies again — this time, one of the poppy paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe. I began exploring the connections between those “moments of colour, [those] little miracles of light” and Georgia O’Keeffe’s “courage to create”.

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way — things I had no words for. (Georgia O’Keeffe)


5 thoughts on “To create one’s world

  1. It takes courage to create one’s world – and not somebody else’s. It may take as much courage to see oneself fail at creating this world. And try and fail again.

    But I also agree with Karl Duffy that the beautiful things we encounter, those “miracles of light” can be encouraging. And I might want to add that those few moments when we agree with our ‘works’ can do the same.

    Just a shot at interpreting … You provide food for thought. And very perceptive words by Georgia O’Keeffe. Thank you!

    • The ‘failure’ of which you speak … is that not part of the world we create? Albert Einstein observed that “Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” He also said that “True art is characterized by an irresistible urge in the creative artist.”

      I put it to you that the irresistible urge cannot be stopped by failure.

      • If you put it this way, I have to agree. ‘Failure’ seems to leave a lot of room for future adventures, while ‘success’ may well bear the risk of stagnation.

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