This is a wise quote from a visionary, generous, self-taught Artist who I greatly admired and respected, Bert L. Long Jr.
“As artists we have the obligation to provide the world with art which communicates as truth. I believe that art has the power to heal our souls of their afflictions. I try to create art which helps to diagnose the prevalent conditions within our societies, hopefully providing an insightfulness which will help us all become brothers and sisters united in equality and compassion”
- Bert L. Long, Jr
"Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will." Mahatma Ghandi
"Follow your dreams, like a drowning man fighting for air." anonymous
“Democracy is the reaffirmation of difference and the power of the public. It has been hijacked by the politics of fear. You have to believe that people are affected in terms of their own sense of possibilities by the physical environment & buildings and city in their life. If people don’t believe where they live has possibility in it then it will truncate their belief in their own sense of future growth.”
Edward Norton, Artist and Activist
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun and the animals, despise riches, give alms to everyone that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence toward the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown or to any man or number of men, go freely with powerful uneducated persons and with the young and with the mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re-examine all you have been told at school or church or in any book, dismiss whatever insults your own soul, and your very flesh shall be a great poem…
"Do what you should do, when you should do it whether you feel like it or not."
These were a couple of quotes that resonated with me; I noticed them a while back at an Exhibition at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC .
"Sometimes the mind relives things very clearly for us...There are roads out of secret places within us along which we all must move as we go to touch others." ---Romare Bearden
"I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids_and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me."---Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
This makes sense to me. I need to be mindful of priorities and remember to focus on what really matters...
"Not everything that counts can be counted and not everything that can be counted counts."
Albert Einstein/ from sign hanging in his home
Maria Cristina "Cristy" Jadick
Hello. most people call me "Cristy" or "Cristina."