Lightly Child, Lightly.

I have become aware: nature breathes, smells, listens, feels in all its parts; it adds to itself, couples itself, falls to pieces, and finds itself.  I see myself evaporate and breathe forth more and more strongly; the oscillations of my astral light become swifter, sharper, simpler.

Egon Schiele, from a diary entry written c. September 1911


Notes:

  • Photo: Aberrant Beauty. Quote: Violent Waves of Emotion
  • Prior “Lightly child, lightly” Posts? Connect here.
  • Post Title & Inspiration: Aldous Huxley: “It’s dark because you are trying too hard. Lightly child, lightly. Learn to do everything lightly. Yes, feel lightly even though you’re feeling deeply. Just lightly let things happen and lightly cope with them.”

 

Comments

  1. Love the Aldous Huxley quote.

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  2. Strange but true – he was friends with my grandfather’s cousin

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  3. Schiele was a genius but I somehow think he wasn’t the kind of person I’d have like to be friends with. I’m not surprised that this quote is from (of?-sorry….) him. He was a wild card. And wild cards often have an astonishing depth of feelings, sentiments, a ‘fine’ nose and ‘seeing’ eyes.

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  4. so very highly aware –

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  5. Have always loved Schiele’s work..tortured, but exquisite. Eager to see the new exhibition at the MFA. http://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/klimt-and-schiele-drawn

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  6. I was fortunate enough to see some of his works at the Neue Galerie in NYC along with Klimt and other Austrian artists. The exhibit was amazing.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Be very careful child … it could always crumble!!

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  8. To enter nature and become one with it. It has been too long since I have done that….Sigh. Reminds of Walden Pond, which was my guiding principle in high school and college. Then came babies and career and living, “Why should we be in such desperate haste to succeed, and in such desperate enterprises? If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.”
    I still have my own drum beat, but the rhythms have softened.

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  9. Fantastic quote. And amazing photo.

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  10. …surprised that Schiele was such a nature guy–my impression was of decadence–glad he had that deep appreciation. Profound!

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  11. I would love to see my astral light. Any suggestions?

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  12. Christie says:

    The photo is wonderfully breathtaking, ..such a pause taken in appreciation…Egon Schiele…I am not familiar with him…the quote you have posted is so comparatively relevant, in a nutshell he astutely compares human life with that of the continually, ever-changing environmental cycle of nature, with each nano second change happens in a person and in nature…time goes on…/// he passed at 28, days after his wife..they past from the flu. His art is so different from his quotes..such a division. He was atune to nature…
    This is an excerpt from a longer, quote, both following:
    “I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds.” Egon Schiele

    “In Vienna there are shadows. The city is black and everything is done by rote. I want to be alone. I want to go to the Bohemian Forest. May, June, July, August, September, October. I must see new things and investigate them. I want to taste dark water and see crackling trees and wild winds. I want to gaze with astonishment at moldy garden fences, I want to experience them all, to hear young birch plantations and trembling leaves, to see light and sun, enjoy wet, green-blue valleys in the evening, sense goldfish glinting, see white clouds building up in the sky, to speak to flowers. I want to look intently at grasses and pink people, old venerable churches, to know what little cathedrals say, to run without stopping along curving meadowy slopes across vast plains, kiss the earth and smell soft warm marshland flowers. And then I shall shape things so beautifully: fields of color…” Egon Schiele

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  13. My list is ever expanding… I shall never catch up.

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  14. Wow.
    thanks for sharing Dave; and Christie too the longer version, which also had me entranced. I felt like, I entered his world, that realm …. there for a brief moment. superb imagery.

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  15. Dear David
    what a GREAT picture! WOW!
    And what a great quote of Egon Schiele – we love Schiele’s erotic pictures!
    Thanks for sharing and wishing you happy holidays
    The Fab Four of Cley

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  16. Exquisite photo!

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