Friday, August 13, 2010


Oil on Linen

In between painting, I enjoy reading in the summer months.  I've been avoiding long books at this time because if a good book grabs me, I can't put it down until I'm finished.  I'm not a chapter a day person.  So I read books that don't have a story sequence.  I'll save the epic novels for the cold weather months.

I came across this quote by Eric Maisel.  It made quite an impression since it has to do with why we create, whether it's baking, writing, woodworking, gardening or whatever drives one's passion to create.  

Love is the spirit that motivates the artist's journey.  The love may be sublime, raw, obsessive, passionate, awful, or thrilling, but whatever it's quality, it's a powerful motive in the artist's life.

Sometimes I'm in the obsessive catagory.  Other times I'm in the thrilling catagory.  But I've definitely experienced them all.  


Kathleen Krucoff said...

Lovely thought to share with all of us creatives Janelle! Thank you. And another beautiful painting too. You've made my Friday afternoon. Hope you have a great weekend of creativity.

Caroline said...

Thank you for your lovely poem and painting Janelle. I always look forward to seeing your latest painting and words as a feeling of peace always washes over me when viewing your blog.

Pam Holnback said...

I, too, am an avid reader. I know the feeling of being immersed in a summer book! Beautiful quote. Another beautiful painting.

Catherine Jeffrey said...

Stunning painting and love the title. I think I see you, under the tree, reading your book and enjoying the solitude.
I often ponder about the creative spirit and why we are driven. Whenever I complain about the difficulty of creating, or how frustrating it can be, I have a friend who tells me that people who create are lucky because they have a passion...or as your author puts it... a love. I guess we are lucky.

Art with Liz said...

What a great quote Janelle. As always, love your beautiful tranquil work.

Betsy said...

Well, you are always in the 'lovely' category, Janelle! :)

What a neat quote...I read it twice. Love is the inspiration for most everything, I think!

Beth Niquette said...

What beautiful thoughts--what wonderful artwork. You have such a tremendous gift!

Becky Joy said...

wonderful work as always and a delight to read. Thanks for sharing.

Janelle Goodwin said...

Hi Kathleen, Thank you, you're a dear!

Hi Caroline, Thank you so much, and your paintings have the same effect on me!

Hi Pam, Thank you and I've been enjoying your skies series!

Hi Catherine, Interesting comment! I've heard the same from people I know and always find it curious because there is a certain struggle. But we are lucky, right? Thank you!

Hi Liz, Thank you, it's always good to hear from you!

HI Betsy, Yes, love is the inspiration for most everything, so true. Thank you!

Hi Beth, Thank you for your lovely comment. I'll be visiting your blog often as I'm fascinated by angels!

Hi Becky, I find your work inspirational. Thank you!