Sunday, November 01, 2009

But this is what I see

"Then beneath the colour there was the shape. She could see it all so clearly, so commandingly, when she looked: it was when she took her brush in hand that the whole thing changed.  It was in that moment's flight between the picture and her canvas that the demons set on her who often brought her to the verge of tears and made this passage from conception to work as dreadful as any down a dark passage for a child. Such she often felt herself — struggling against terrific odds to maintain her courage; to say: 'But this is what I see; this is what I see,' and so to clasp some miserable remnant of her vision to her breast, which a thousand forces did their best to pluck from her."  ~ To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf



(Unfinished painting, Geoffrey Olsen)

3 comments:

Des said...

An excellent passage from an outstanding author. Thank you for posting this.

Rebecca Snavely said...
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Rebecca Snavely said...

(Ha! I had a typo in the last comment, and had to delete. My perfectionism is too controlling sometimes.) This passage strikes a chord in me every time I read it! Creativity, putting on paper what is in the mind's eye, can be so frustrating and scary. Thanks for your note.