“It is something to be able to paint a particular picture or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful, but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look…. To affect the quality of the day—that is the highest of arts.” —Henry David Thoreau
Years of work followed. I was learning about art, design and beauty as a novice interior designer and putting one word after another, awkwardly. During this new creative process, I learned about a French philosopher, Dr. René Dubos, who wrote a book, A God Within, published in 1972. For the first chapter in my book, titled “PLACE,” I selected two enduring quotations from these two highly influential artists. In order:
“…life of the individual man needs to relate his innate genius to the spirit of the place in which he lives.” —René Dubos.
“… use, to express yourself, the things in your environment, the images from your dreams, and the objects of your memory … for to the creator there is no poverty and no poor indifferent place.” —Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet