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Page from the recent interview by Bob Bahr of The Artist's Road co-founder John Hulsey in Outdoor Painter (Plein Air Magazine). John shared with Bob his experiences this fall being filmed by PBS St. Louis while he demonstrated plein air paintiing high above the Mississippi River near Alton, Illinois.

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The Root of All Art

Perspectives No. 181

                               oil painting of a starry night by Vincent van Gogh
                                   The Starry Night           1889 (PD US)               Vincent van Gogh

  As artists, our job is that of attentive observation. In being present and paying careful attention, we may experience fleeting moments of awe, connection, inspiration, perhaps even transcendence. It is difficult to describe, but perhaps these words by astrophysicist Adam Frank come close:  ". . . the whispers of what lies beyond the boundary of the expressible and the inexpressible."

  Scientists are not so different from artists. They are observers as well. And in their attentive observation, they may also find these enigmatic moments. Adam Frank recently wrote an article for the NPR 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Commentary on Science and Society called, "When Nature Speaks, Who Are You Hearing?" We contacted him to see if we could reproduce parts of it here. It is fascinating to read the words of a scientist describing what we as artists so often feel. He calls it "sacredness", although he is quick to say that he is not a religious man.

  "So what, then, is this experience of sacredness? Perhaps, in the moments when that strange, pregnant feeling of presence rises up to meet us — that sense of more and of less — we are gaining an intuition of the thing-in-itself. . . . the ability to hear the whispers of what lies beyond the boundary of the expressible and the inexpressible.

I once heard poetry described as just this kind of boundary. And what is true for poetry is equally apparent in music, dance and all our forms of art. They allow us to amplify the whispers that speak through our intuitions of the boundless.

  These whispers even appear at the edges of our explanations. They are what give explanations their power to enthrall us and ignite our awe. They animate the fierce poetic economy of mathematical physics and the thrall of Hubble Space Telescope images. In this way science, too, becomes a gateway to the experience of sacredness.

  In the end, what we have is a conversation, a lifelong dialogue with life. It's a conversation expressed not in words but in the immediacy of experience and the poetry of the one, single now. And that is exactly where the experience of sacredness lives."

  To read the entire article by Adam Frank, go to: NPR 13.7 Cosmos and Culture Commentary.

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We are artists, authors and teachers with over 35 years of experience in painting the world's beautiful places. We created The Artist's Road in order to share our knowledge and experiences with you, and create a community of like-minded individuals.  You can learn more about us and see our original paintings by clicking on the links below.
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