The Art Spirit by Robert Henri
It is a question of saying the thing that a person has to say. A man should not care whether the thing he wishes to express is art or not, whether it is a picture or not, he should only care that it is a statement of what is worthy to put into permanent expression. (p. 137)
Gertrude Stein once wrote: "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose." Or, is it?? In the paintings (permanent expressions) that follow, these artists found something worthy to say about a rose:
Georgia O'Keeffe: a rose is a sensual and beautiful form
Salvidore Dali: a rose is the object of a meditation
Vincent Van Gogh: a rose is an interesting design
John William Waterhouse: a rose is a spiritual symbol
The point is: if a statement is worthy of expression, then it is worthy of permanence through art. So, what personal statement is worthy of your time, efforts, and materials today?