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“Everything is gestation and then bringing forth. To let each impression and each germ of a feeling come to completion wholly in itself, in the dark, in the inexpressible, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own intelligence, and await with deep humility and patience the birth-hour of a new clarity: that alone is living the artist’s life: in understanding as in creating.

There is here no measuring with time, no year matters, and ten years are nothing. Being an artist means, not reckoning and counting, but ripening like the tree which does not force its sap and stands confident in the storms of spring without the fear that after them may come no summer. It does come. But it comes only to the patient, who are there as though eternity lay before them, so unconcernedly still and wide. I learn it daily, learn it with pain to which I am grateful: patience is everything.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke (from Letters to A Young Poet)


2 thoughts on “. . .

  1. Jack Baumgartner

    Hi Bev, good quote from on of my favorite books. How is the Petrus Christus copy coming? One of my first engravings was a copy of his “Carthusain Monk”.



  2. Brigitte Flick

    Hi Bev!
    Going to look into that book!
    I just suggested your site to my artist friend, Ruth. She will love your thoughts and art.

    Have a great day!

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