Thursday, 19 July 2012

Beauty and the Sublime

A wise man once said "Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finished an activity, but in doing it".*

I always seem to rush from one project to the next, focusing on the future and leaving little time to stop and enjoy my surroundings. 

I travel a lot and see many beautiful scenes out the window. 

So I thought I would focus on the moment and capture some of the moods of winter.

I have been learning about the sublime, developed in A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, written by Edmund Burke in 1756 which inspired William Turner's paintings. The sublime is the quality of greatness (moral, intellectual, metaphysical, aesthetical, spiritual and artistic).

The beautiful, according to Burke, is well-formed and aesthetically pleasing whereas the sublime is what has the power to compel and destroy.

Light and atmosphere, colour and dramatic movement, capture the sublime in its rawest form. 

* this quote has been attributed to Don Williams Jr, American Novelist and Poet. 

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