Crop of Viscosity

“How can a man’s life keep its course if he will not let it flow?” Tao Te Ching

“Climb the mountains and get their tidings, Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.” John Muir

“Humans are not superior to nature, we are part of nature.” Satish Kumar

“In this 20th century, to stop rushing around, to sit quietly on the grass, to switch off the world and come back to the earth, to allow the eye to see a willow, a bush, a cloud, a leaf is an ‘unforgettable experience.’” Frederick Franck

“Less is more” Robert Browning

“Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.” Jacqueline Cochran

“Speaking about how Shih-t’ao (Chinese Qing dynasty painter, 1642-1707) coined the term ‘Holistic Brushstroke’ meaning that one could create something out of nothing, artist Karl Martens describes it thus “ Optimally, it contains no planned thought. It emanates from ‘emptiness.’”

“I believe it was John Cage who once told me, ‘When you start working, everybody is in your studio- the past, your friends, enemies, the art world, and above all, your own ideas – all are there. But as you continue painting, they start to leave, one by one, and you are left completely alone. Then, if you’re lucky, even you leave.’” Philip Guston

“Music is the silence between the notes…” Claude Debussy

“Silence is an Ocean. Speech is a River.” Rumi

“Hearing is a form of touch. You feel it through your body, and sometimes it almost hits your face.” Evelyn Glennie (deaf percussionist), Touch the Sound (2004 documentary)

“One of my sensory problems was hearing sensitivity, where certain loud noises, such as a school bell, hurt my ears. It sounded like a dentist drill going through my ears.” Dr. Temple Grandin, about her experiences as an autistic child (1996 interview)

“Look at any ten square centimetres of the earth and you will find an abstract expressionist painting.” Gareth Mason

“I don’t issue orders with paintings, how they should be seen. If a painting can’t speak for itself, and obviously it speaks differently to everyone, then there is not a lot of point.” Maggi Hambling

“Be as the still mountain, and flow like a great river” Lao Tzu

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