Wednesday, December 10, 2014

WATCHING




"Along with love and work, [watching] is the great salvation. For whenever someone is seriously watching, a form of lost innocence is restored. It will not last, but during those minutes his self-consciousness is relieved."

--Robert Phelps, biographer of Colette, quoted in Molly Peacock's The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life's Work at 72.

In grief over her husband's death, at the age of 72 Mary Delany (1700-1788) began making intricate cut-outs of the flowers she loved, calling them her "flower mosaicks."

Here's a NYT review of the book Molly Peacock wrote about Mrs. Delany's life and work.






THE TOP OF A PERSIMMON I WATCHED RECENTLY

3 comments:

  1. "We were created to look at one another, weren't we?" - Edgar Degas

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  2. "You can observe a lot by watching." -- Yogi Berra

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  3. "If it weren't for electricity, we'd all be watching television by candlelight." -George Gobel

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