Journals, diversions, quicksand
Post #1066 • October 2, 2007, 6:57 AM • 39 Comments
Eugene Delacroix, from his journal, February 27, 1824:
What does please me is that I am gaining in reason and good sense, without losing the thrill that beauty arouses in me. I do not want to have any illusions, but I think that I am working more calmly than before and that I have the same love for my work. One thing worries me, however. I cannot understand it but I seem to need diversions, such as meeting my friends and so on. But as regards the temptations that beset most men, I have never been much disturbed by them, and less than ever now. Who would ever believe it? The things that are more real to me are the illusions which I create with my painting. Everything else is a quicksand.
I picked up this at the Village Book Exchange in San Clemente this weekend.
I journaled my way across the country and kept it up for a week after arriving in California. I find it easier to keep up when I'm stressed, for some reason. Consider this an open thread: what is your journal practice, and how does it relate to your studio practice? Do you need diversions? What is your quicksand?