Are you familiar with the great Canadian painter Emily Carr? Here are 10 of her memorable quotes:

  1. Do not try to do extraordinary things, but do ordinary things with intensity.
  2. It is wonderful to feel the grandness of Canada in the raw, not because she is Canada but because she’s something sublime that you were born into, some great rugged power that you are a part of.
  3. I think that one’s art is a growth inside one. I do not think one can explain growth. It is silent and subtle. One does not keep digging up a plant to see how it grows.
  4. It’s all the unwordable things one wants to write about, just as it’s all the unformable things one wants to paint – essence.
  5. There is something bigger than fact: the underlying spirit, all it stands for, the mood, the vastness, the wildness.
  6. Oh, Spring! I want to go out and feel you and get inspiration. My old things seem dead. I want fresh contacts, more vital searching.
  7. There was neither horizon, cloud, nor sound; of that pink, spread silence even I had become part, belonging as much to sky as to earth.
  8. The biggest part of painting perhaps is faith, and waiting receptively, content to go in any direction, not planning or forcing. The fear, though, is laziness. It is so easy to drift and finally be tossed up on the beach, derelict.
  9. Art being so much greater than ourselves, it will not give up once it has taken hold.
  10. I sat staring, staring, staring – half lost, learning a new language … or rather the same language in a different dialect.
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