The Artist's Road  World Map

An Exquisite Balance - Perspectives No. 117

 

An Exquisite Balance
Perspectives No 117

Photograph of Shadow Patterns
Inspiration                                     photo John Hulsey


   The sensitivity that is at the core of being an artist is both a blessing and a curse. The paradox seems to be in how to maintain and nurture it while at the same time developing the necessary hardness to protect oneself from the bumps and bruises of life. It is good to refresh ourselves from the reading of other artists' words. Here is a favorite:

   The wonderful poet, William Stafford, said in an interview, "I think what I'm trying to locate is that condition of a being who has not been distorted from the receptive, accurate encounter with experience. It's possible to overlearn fear or overlearn confidence. The conditions of life are such that they make survival depend on the organism's ability to come back level again and be ready for the conditions of life as they are on the earth. . . . An individual's intellect and emotions should be like a good seismograph: sensitive enough to register what happens but strong enough not to be wrecked by the first little thing that happens. And so human beings have to occupy that position between being so steady and dumb and dull that they can't register and being so sensitive that they're wrecked by anything they register. So I just try to get into the readiness and be receptive, not stampeded, not overly trustful. I suppose we're all looking for that, but I feel the formulations that some people use disguise the necessity for avoiding both extremes. It's very easy to make powerful poems out of suffering all the time. It's all right; but that makes you a casualty."

   He continued, ". . . the essential thing we're doing is we're having enough faith in our own perceptions and decisions to make them paramount. You've just got to do it, if you're an artist."

   The secret, as William Stafford has said, is to live in the center - neither a casualty nor a champion, but an honest artist be.

   Quotes taken with permission from:  "William Stafford:  An Interview with Nancy Bunge" in American Poetry Review 10, no. 6 (November/December 1981).




Copyright Hulsey Trusty Designs, L.L.C. (except where noted). All rights reserved.
Become an Artist's Road Member Today!

The Artist's Road LogoClick here to become a Member and enjoy access to all the in-depth painting and travel articles, videos and tutorials. Guaranteed!

Search the Site
Pay-Per-View Articles

New! If you're not a Member of The Artist's Road, some of our articles are available as Pay-Per-View.

Click here to find out more!

Perspectives

Not ready to become a Member yet? Subscribe to our free email postcards, "Perspectives". Enter your email address here.

New Member Content

El Mercado, Etla, Mexico, 15 x 22" WC, © Eric MichaelsVoices of Experience:Eric Michaels


Autumn Bouquet, 9 x 12", Oil, © A. Trusty
Autumn Bouquet:A Step-by-Step Oil Demo

Vo
Summer Sunset, 24 x 36", Oil, © Mary Garrishices of Experience:Mary Garrish


Ro
Rose Delight Watercolor Demonstration by John Hulseyse Delight:A Step-by-Step WC Slide Show


Thin
Peony Love Affair, Oil Painting, © A. Trustyk Pink!



The Model Resting (detail), Casein/Tempera, 1889, Henri de Toulouse LautrecCasein - An Overlooked Medium

  The Twilight Moon, 1898, Isaac LevitanAutumn and Isaac Levitan

 

  Paint Strokes in Oil by John hulseyCreating A Vision



 Forest of Fontainebleau, 1834, Camille CorotThe Charm of Fontainebleau

 

In thCarrieres de Lumieres II, photograph © J. Hulseye Footsteps of Van Gogh-Part II


 John Hulsey Paints in the Studio BoatThe Studio Boat

 

Clearing Off, Charlotte ComanThe Women of the Hudson River School

and MUCH MORE!

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

The Artist's Road Store
A Primer on Night Painting - Nocturnes

Nocturnes - A Primer on Night Painting

Filled with inspirational examples by the masters of nightime painting, this little book is sure to fire up your creative energies. Never tried painting at night? We show you how it's done with a step-by-step-oil demo and a tale of night painting in the wilds of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Primer on Night Painting - Nocturnes is a 7 x 7" PDF download with 40 pages of text and images. It includes a gallery of paintings by masters of the nocturne, information to inspire and encourage you in your plein air nocturne painting, an illustrated step-by-step demo and tips for working in pastel and oil. Also available in a softcover edition. Check out the tools and other products that we use in our own art and travels in The Artist's Road Store. We only offer things for sale that we enthusiastically believe in.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

About Us

Photograph of John Hulsey and Ann Trusty in Glacier National Park
We are artists, authors and teachers with over 40 years of experience in painting the world's beautiful places. We created The Artist's Road in order to share our knowledge and experiences with you, and create a community of like-minded individuals.  You can learn more about us and see our original paintings by clicking on the links below.
About Ann
     About John
 Hulsey Trusty Studios

We are also regular contributors to the Plein Air blog at Artist Daily.

TAR logo

UA-19449656-1