being true to your vision

By: Kirsty

Feb 12 2010

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Category: bush magic, Daily Photos


Focal Length:70mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS-1D Mark II

I see …

One of the greatest challenges in art is to truthfully express our unique way of seeing regardless of how this is received. I would dare to suggest that any artist that says they don’t care what people think of their work is kidding themselves. The viewer is intrinsic to the artistic process. It’s as if the act of offering our work to the world is the final completion of it. We surrender control of it then and give it over to our audience.  How it is experienced by them is not really our business, yet we all have egos, and at times they can be fragile.

Back in the 70’s the band Dire Straits created the beautiful, poignant song ‘In the Gallery‘. Here are the lyrics :

“Harry made a bareback rider proud and free upon a horse
And a fine coalminer for the NCB that was
A fallen angel, Jesus on the cross
A skating ballerina, you should have seen her do the skater’s waltz

Some people have got to paint and draw
Harry had to work in clay and stone
Like the waves coming to the shore
It was in his blood and in his bones
He was ignored by all the trendy boys in London, yes and in Leeds
He might as well have been making toys or strings of beads
He could not be in the gallery

And then you get an artist, he says he doesn’t want to paint at all
He takes an empty canvas, sticks it on the wall
The birds of a feather all the phonies and all of the fakes
While the dealers they get together
And they decide who gets the breaks
And who’s going to be in the gallery

No lies he wouldn’t compromise
No junk, no string
And all the lies we subsidise
That just don’t mean a thing
I’ve got to say he passed away in obscurity
And now all the vultures, they’re coming down from the tree
He’s going to be in the gallery”

Mark Knopfler (genius musician and songwriter)

All of us have something that makes our heart sing, our own version of Harry’s ‘clay and stone’. something that we feel compelled to create.  This is where our power lies. We owe it to ourselves to make room for it in our lives.

7 comments on “being true to your vision”

  1. Beautiful, Kirsty.

    Very true.

  2. Love the photo, Kirsty! Very unique. You write very well. I enjoyed this post.

  3. Kirsty, those words are lovely1 Are they perhaps about the Sculptor Henry Moore by any chance? He was the first sculpture student in Leeds College of art in 1919, plus his father was a miner. The scuptures though may be Marino Marini who was a close associate of Henry Moore – and he did do a ‘Horse and Rider’, ‘Juggler, dancer acrobat. Maybe coincidence …
    The words are true though!
    Kind Regards

    • Hi Lynda,
      Prompted by your comment I have done a bit of searching around the net to see if i could find out who Harry was. I came across this post
      another blogger writing about this song, and was excited to discover this comment on the post
      This song is actually written about an artist named Harry Raines Phillips (who just happens to be my grandfather). He was a lecturer of sculpture at Leeds College of Art in he 50s and 60s who became acquainted with Mark Knopfler through my father. He was out of step with the Abstract movement of that era, and preferred the more organic and real side of art. Unfortunately, the galleries and such like were more taken with what was ‘trendy’ at that point, and he was sadly overlooked.
      This comment was by this blogger –
      I’m so glad you raised the question. I intend to find out more about him now.

  4. Lol! Well that’s that mystery cleared up Kirsty. I was convinced it was Henry Moore – never mind, it’s a good story anyway lol! let us know what you find out won’t you!

  5. A poignant story Kirsty told with great sensitivity. I learnt a lot from my Nana too and think about her nearly evey day – even though she died in the 60s. Too many people forget that valentines day is not only a celebration of romantic love, but that it can bridge the generations and extend to friends and departed loved ones. Thanks for reminding us of this. Your Nana must be very proud of you Kirsty.

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