Tuesday, January 31, 2006

go into yourself

larablog

a painting for my school show next week with my friends! the original theme was "go into yourself". here is the original quote:

"You ask whether your verses are good. You ask me. You have asked others before. You send them to magazines. You compare them with other poems, and you are disturbed when certain editors reject your efforts. Now (since you have allowed me to advise you) I beg you to give up all that. You are looking outward, and that above all you should not do now. Nobody can counsel and help you, nobody. There is only one single way. Go into yourself. Search for the reason that bids you write; find out whether it is spreading out its roots in the deepest places of your heart, acknowledge to yourself whether you would have to die if it were denied you to write. This above all--ask yourself in the stillest hour of your night: must I write? Delve into yourself for a deep answer. And if this should be affirmative, if you may meet this earnest question with a strong and simple, "I must," then build your life according to this necessity; your life even into it most indifferent and slightest hour must be a sign of this urge and a testimony to it. Then draw near to Nature. Then try, like some first human being, to say what you see and experience and love and lose."
-- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

11 comments:

mav said...

just divine!!!!!
and yes, i have the lace you sent me. it was such a lovely little bit of perfect lace. i have it pinned next to the print. i love it! i will have to take a photograph of it one of these days.

cheers girl!
mav

Shari said...

Hi Mati-
Love your painting and the Rilke quote....my cat is named Rilke, you know. :) Good stuff.

anj said...

this is divine. wonderful colors and details. I love that film, and I love your vision of Lara. brava!

shash said...

i love the woman's eyes. great quote.

Server Girl said...

wow...so great! My sister, Heather, gave me your print today of "blooming"....i was so happy...it is fab fab fabulous!!! thank you...i can't wait to get it framed...:)

jenny vorwaller said...

JUST what i needed to hear/see/read.

:)

risa said...

Love this! I think I've said this before but this may be my favorite painting of yours yet. (But I'm sure I'll also say that about the next one you post. :)

la vie en rose said...

beautiful painting. i love letters to a young poet. it's been years since i've read it...maybe i should pull it out.

jerusha said...

this is so wonderful. the eyes!! and rilke always has a quiet way of pointing out what's most important.

ana ventura said...

wonderful work!

georgia said...

Amazing painting and I'm printing the Rilke as I type this. WOW!