It is perhaps possible to say that what verbal concepts are to the conscious life of the intellect what internal objects are to the unconscious life of instinct and phantasy, so works of art are to the conscious life of feeling without them life would be only blindly lived, blindly endured. (159)

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Psychic creativeness is the capacity for making a symbol. Creativeness in the arts is making a symbol for feeling and creativeness in science is making a symbol for knowing. (148)


This effect of vitality will be enhanced if the symbol states no more than the essential features, if it states them clearly, and if it states them swiftly, for the very swiftness of the execution will convey a sense of power and liveliness to the spectator. (44)

Quotes from On Not Being Able to Paint by Joanna Field


She is my developmentally disabled sister-in-law, Nancy,
and I am Jeanne, the woman who flat-out loves her.
Go here to start at the beginning and read your way current.
And there’s a pinterest board, too.