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I have decided to serialise my essay for you to read - only if you want to - putting the first bit in has been easy but Im not sure about the embedded images I have in the next pages - yet to be worked out. Anyway for those of you who are interested here is part one. Dont be too bored LOL Laine xxx
My Personal Development - by Laine
I found a beautiful quote on the internet by William Blake which epitomises my feelings on the subject matter of my work at present.
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The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a
green thing that stands in the way. Some see Nature all ridicule and
deformity, and some scarce see Nature at all. But to the eyes of the
man of imagination, Nature is Imagination itself.
- William Blake, 1799, The Letters
If you, the reader, are now starting to think my subject matter is focused on trees and nature, then you would be right in thinking so. For a long time I struggled with convincing tutors that my subject matter mattered! There was a good reason for me to go walking in the woods and take everything in that was around me. Hopefully, by the time you have read the following essay it will become clear how my work has developed and what I intend to do to take it forward. Many artists have influenced me along the way and it would certainly take more than 3,000 words to explain them all. I have chosen the artists that I felt had the biggest influences. I mention my tutors a lot too because I feel that they are very important in my personal development and it is them that guided me through a large part of my experience in the art world. I have read numerous art history books, poetry, visited galleries and scanned the internet for ideas. I have not quoted from many sources in this essay because I feel this is very much about me and my development and not what other people have said. If, something I read, or something someone said, seemed important to my development then I will have included it.