Seven Artists of the Week – I want some of that apple

This week’s picks from me:

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)

David Hockney, Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures)

Peter Doig

Peter Doig

Odilon Redon

Odilon Redon

Amedeo Modigliani

Amedeo Modigliani

Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, The White Slave

Jean-Jules-Antoine Lecomte du Nouÿ, The White Slave

Chantal Joffe

Chantal Joffe

James Franco

James Franco

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Comments 1

  1. Raul wrote:

    Great note to begin with! (the 50 day challenge) I lenetsid to the mp3 while looking over the pdf (its good to hear where Brain emphasizes) and listed the 5 areas that I *know* need work. This idea if impeccability or integrity comes around again and again. So when doing the exercise I was called to be impeccable, to really list the 5 areas that are the darkest and I may not spend time on simply because they are so “huge” in my consciousness. To list them out though, with an open heart, felt liberating and brought some light into the dark. My favorite part of this note is the quote from Vernon Howard — Encourage yourself by remembering that any detection of negativity within you is a positive act, not a negative one. Awareness of your weakness and confusion makes you strong because conscious awareness is the bright light that destroys the darkness of negativity. Honest self-observation dissolves pains and pressures that formerly did their dreadful work in the darkness of unawareness. This is so important that I urge you to memorize and reflect upon the following summary: Detection of inner negativity is not a negative act, but a courageously positive act that makes you a new person. Although not a quote directly from Ruiz it reminds me of his metaphor of the multi-headed Hydra. It runs our life and creates the Dream of the World. Doing the inner work is taking a sword and cutting off its heads, so it no longer functions in dictating what is real for us. It’s better to let the dark stuff run right in front of our eyes, than behind the scenes causing untold damage. Last point, the way of the master is repetition. I love that the note ends with this simple wisdom. It is the wisdom that empowers each and every one of us to live like Ruiz, Aristotle, the Buddha, Jesus, or whoever you like who took the time, put in their 10,000 hours, and tasted the fruit of their effort. Brings me back to…this moment, and what I am going to do in the next hour that enlivens, inspires, and adds value to the world. DO IT.

    Posted 18 Jul 2014 at 11:51 AM

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