Klimt and the hairdresser

I usually go to a downtown cafe where I sit watching the passersby, attempting to capture in ink their ineffable movement. Next door, there is a hairdresser shop. There works a gorgeously looking woman. Very expressive – she reminds of one of the women painted by Gustav Klimt. Sometimes she says hello, but mostly she pretends not to see me.

Incidentally, a friend went to her to have his hair cut. Imagine what this woman confessed to him:

– You know, I am so fascinated by this man who paints at the cafe. I watch him for hours on end behind the window curtain. I´d so much like to talk to him. To ask him to draw me. But I do not dare…I am ashamed. Alas… – I am so afraid to live…

 

Find the Connection first

One needs to perfect one´s talent, that´s for sure,
at the same time,
Art has almost nothing to do with outward skill,
inasmuch as
Connection makes the Craft.
Not the other way round…

Art can´t possibly coexist with lack of sense and order

Bearing this in mind,

How can modern man understand artistic Expression
when his life is a series of blatant senselessness and disorder..?

We have to find it inwardly

Let´s admit it once and for all:

Other than living on some past grandeur – like Paris or Rome – there are no places left on this earth where you can find true inspiration, communion or artistic thrill.

We are compelled to look inside:

WE BETTER BE AND CREATE THE PLACE wherever we are.

Art is what happens when we pay attention

 – Antonio Dias

Suspend Logic and Reason for a while and let Knowledge and Beauty emerge

She:
Funny you caught on to that and you don’t even know me. How did you know?

Me:
I know without “knowing”, – meaning that I don´t rely on my “mundane” experience – but go deeper into realms of being where things are far more interesting. Where Logic and Reason are just suspended.

From there comes my “knowledge”.

True being, the Myths, Art and True Participation with “the other” happens in that realm.

I don´t find Ego and surface either sexy or exciting.

In Fear there is no spontaneity, no true emotion.

Fear and the emotions connected to it are simply treacherous.

Fear is the obstacle which veils these inner realities – and I think you might know what I am talking about.

So courage is required to see through, question and eventually transcend Fear – as fear is the distance between you and You  – and so skilfully connect with those levels.

So from those levels I am now writing to you.

From those ineffable levels where your true skills and artistic talent arise.

So bring forth the gypsy in you, that crazy and relentlessly deep and powerful joy.

Withdrawing from shadow projections into the light

The powers of darkness are fully invested in our not realizing who we are.

As we step into our light, the seemingly outer world reflects back this inner realization, which is to say that as more of us withdraw our shadow projections – discovering, owning and taking responsibility for the shadow within ourselves – there is less need for the seemingly outer world to get dreamed up to play out our shadow destructively in living flesh and blood. We can then co-create a world reflecting and expressing the light we have found within us.

– Paul Levy