“He will give the gloom of gloom, and the sunshine of sunshine. In a portrait, he must inscribe the character, and not the features, and must esteem the man who sits to him as himself only an imperfect picture or likeness of the aspiring original within.” –Emerson on Art
I’ve learned this now, finally, after reading a year of your comments–you will never experience my moments through the careful placement of my words.
Instead the slivers, memories, and senses that I lay out are tasted and lived wholly in the light of your own experiences, turned to your own eye and imbued with your own perception. Together our perceptions coalesce bringing forth a clearer sense of life as a living, ever evolving actuality.
In writing, as in life, we need to be open to the sense of words rather than tethered to concrete definitions of what the artist meant. At times, it’s a light dusting of meaning rather than a crashing wall.
We must give the gloom of gloom, and the sunshine of sunshine.