Friday, March 20, 2020

'What we need is here'

Writer and farmer Wendell Berry (born 1934) has advocated finding inspiration close to home. "What we need is here," he said. "I am not bound for any public place, but for ground of my own."

Artist Andrew Wyeth, above, created most of his work within walking distance of his home in Pennsylvania or in his tiny realm in Maine. He said, “Most artists look for something fresh to paint; frankly I find that quite boring. For me it is much more exciting to find fresh meaning in something familiar.”


Bevan said...

Powerful thoughts, especially since we can't go far right now.

Susan Krzywicki said...

I once read something about, I think, Colette who walked daily in the park by her home - saying that the daily walks over the same territory were never boring - just the reverse.

Steve Gilzow said...

“I have traveled extensively in Concord.” -- Thoreau.

Tim Lawson had an exhibition not long ago of farm animals and buildings found near him titled, "Neighbors."

My late wife did many landscape paintings less than a mile from our door. Her title for the group of them was "A World Within...A Mile From Home."

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Salty Pumpkin Studio said...

Wonderful words
Thank you

Dragon Dave said...

A pastor turned me on to Wendell Berry a few years ago, and I read two of his books. He "paints" his scenes beautifully. If a painter wished, he/she could find ample inspiration in his descriptive prose.