This collection of thoughts from artists and thinkers of the past and present has been lovingly gathered over many years in the personal journals of the artist Astrid Fitzgerald and reveals something of the mystery in which creativity finds its way from the energies of the cosmos into the imagination and faculties of the individual artist and eventually into the solitude of the studio and finally into a work of art. From the reports of mystics to the observations of scientists, these passages have been arranged in this volume to provide brief glimpses into the recesses of artistic being, into the tentative formations in consciousness, the first glimmers of imagination, the distinctive faculties of the creative mind, and the tensions of artistic expression in the workshop and the creative life. Fitzgerald's great contribution has been to gather into a meaningful collection the words of 2,500 years of genius as a resource and inspiration for all those who would break out of creative limitations and take a bold step into the future.
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"Astrid Fitzgerald's work of love and mind cultivates a "garden of art," displaying and preserving endless varieties of imagination. Open to any page before, during, or after making art and receive an infusion of the creative spirit."
author of Art as Medicine: Creating a Therapy of the Imagination
"Astrid Fitzgerald's anthology of thoughts on art is the kind of book that will find the true reader: one who seeks solidarity with the kindred spirits of all times and places."
author of The New School & A Critical Study of Philip Guston
"The nature and contribution of art has been hidden in recent times, buried under a too-rational and mechanical world. This beautiful and inspiring collection is honest, fresh, and enlightening. I hope it marks a return to the depths of art. Read these great words and make a manifesto of them, or at least guidelines toward the rehumanization of art and our world."
author of Care of the Soul & The Reenchantment of Everyday Life
"Open this book each time with a sense of celebration - that such things have been said and felt so cleanly, and that they are true. This is a permanent collection, light for the studio shelf. "
author of An Art of our Own: The Spiritual in Twentieth Century Art.
"This eclectic and intelligent collection of artists' discoveries, explorations and insights guides its readers into the myriad byways of the creative life. These brief quotations act not only as maps but also as divining rods, awakening one's own perceptions on how the world may spring more imaginatively alive."
poet, editor of Women in Praise of the Sacred
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This book is to the arts and the creative experience what Aldous Huxley¿s PERENNIAL PHILOSOPHY was to philosophy and the mystical experience a compendium of memorable quotes and reflections direct from creative people throughout history. A marvelous source book to keep somewhere close by for easy and frequent reference.