Painting means "to live 

the questions,"*

Through Vincent van Gogh I learned that the most artistic practice is to love more--our planet, all the people, all the small moments that we typically ignore in the day-to-day life, the way the light falls in from the windows, and the way the big magical paint strokes of the sky surprise us everyday.

* “Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” -- Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a young poet

© 2019 by Anna-Zoë D Herr