Thursday, January 15, 2015

Thursday Thoughts...

“Something that you feel will find its own form.” 

 Jack Kerouac

Whatever the connection between intent, intuition, sensing, feeling, controlling, guiding and art may be; it seems to me variable and quite different on different occasions.

In my last post I spoke about how work can emerge without control or guidance; and yet at times some wonderful work appears after really, really, really, working hard to make it.

I imagine a lot of artists feel things and want to express them somehow - it's not always about simply describing something or trying to represent something that you see.

It seems to me that on occasions, from deep within, one feels the need to create or express and in this way, "something you feel will find its own form". Whatever is made or formed is a result of that feeling and is the result of responding to that feeling.

Perhaps the other way this quote works relates to that letting go, getting out of the way approach to art. Something you feel will appear in the form that is right for it, perhaps the opposite to something that you think - which you might guide or control more?

Not sure, but when work comes from feeling I think it has more chance of happening in its own special way.

©2012 Fiona Dempster A Subversive Stitch
This is one of my favourite pieces which really emerged from feeling and found its own form.  It is also the perfect way to start the year with the search for Roy. G. Biv - the rainbow search that Jennifer and Julie take us on each month. Pop on over to see what other folk have discovered...

The rainbow starts with Red!

24 comments:

  1. Stunning piece! It looks like it might actually breathe, to me anyway! Is it a coincidence, my next blog post is going to feature red?!!

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    1. It's a stack of small books Annie - but very full of life I agree! Maybe we are all in on some rainbow telepathy? Go well.

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    1. Thanks Maya - I've always loved those mad threads dangling together!

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  3. I love that rich bright red and agree with Annie that it seems alive...like some creature. I was so happy to see you joining in for Roy G Biv and I've been missing your Thursday Thoughts!

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    1. A lovely welcome back Julie - thank you! It was a good chance to play with this red again - always makes me smile. Go well.

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  4. All I can say is wow- your red book is amazing, and a great start to this year's Search for roy G Biv!

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    1. ThanKs Sharmon - I love those wild threads!

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  5. Such interesting thoughts ... I've read it through twice already and will return again later when I've had time to digest and think ... and that photo of your red stitched books is beautifully random and full of feeling.

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    1. It is an interesting quote/thought isn't it Charlton? I went round and about a few times and sill haven't quite nailed it...and ah yes, the crazy red threads just took their own form as went along...

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  6. I still remember the first time I saw this photos of this edition that you'd made, Fiona - and how blown away I was at those gorgeous red threads flying everywhere. What a perfect piece to illustrate today's Thursday Thought (so nice that they are back again)...

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    1. Thanks for loving the red threads Lisa! In a way, I wish I never had to give away or sell any of these books; I would love to have those threads in the house still and run my hands through them... glad you're happy to see Th Th back; hope I can keep it up. Go well.

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  7. This is my first experience as witness to these beautiful red threads .. no real words but plenty of feelings.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the threads! I'm pleased too that there are feelings and not words - sometimes they're the best. Go well.

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  8. une photo et une oeuvre exemplaire...et magnifique!

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    1. photo and exemplary work ... and beautiful!

      Thanks so much Elfi - I feel as if I caught the sense of the books in that photo, glad you enjoyed them. Go well.

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  9. You let me off the hook by ceasing the Thursday Thoughts for a while Fiona. Now you're making me think hard again. It's a good discipline though and you always manage to spark an internal debate in my head. Combined with the perfect visual too. That book just resonates more each time I see it.

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    1. I hope that's a good thing Lesley? : )

      I must admit I enjoy stopping and thinking for a bit every now and again, and am often surprised where the thoughts lead me. It's always a challenge to find one of my photos that suits it as well - extra hard for Roy G. Biv! Enjoy.

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  10. Beautiful post.

    I just realized viewing A Subversive Stitch again and thinking about Kerouac's quote had my mind so occupied Thursday morning that I forgot to post my comment...and now I can't remember what it was...but it was much more intelligent than this. Arg! Can't blame this one on the girls.

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    1. That's the loveliest comment J - it's nice to know that Th Th can fill your morning in that way... I was happy to be able to celebrate Roy and loved it when I found those threads again - perfect!

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  11. I can't get past the word ... WOW... you knocked me over... and I will quit now before I start stammering like an idiot... and... one of my favorite quotes..

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    1. Wow! Thanks for letting me know Cat! Every now and again something just 'pops' for you doesn't it? Glad your enjoyed, go well.

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  12. Stunning. This book ask to be touched and scrolled. - eric

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    1. I do love running my fingers through those threads Eric - thanks!

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