Lightly Child, Lightly.

My paintings have neither object nor space nor line nor anything – no forms. They are light, lightness, about merging, about formlessness, breaking down form. You wouldn’t think of form by the ocean. You can go in if you don’t encounter anything. A world without objects, without interruption, making a work without interruption or obstacle. It is to accept the necessity of the simple direct going into a field of vision as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.

Agnes Martin, Agnes Martin: Writings


  • Photo: Daybreak. March 18, 2023. Cove Island Park, Stamford, CT. More photos from this morning’s walk here.
  • Quote. Thank you Beth @ Alive on All Channels
  • 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.







  1. The beauty of the amorphous blurred lines of sand and sea – looking out and wondering where the shoreline is across the pond. The child in me understands that there is an okay-ness with the knowledge that it exists, though I can’t imagine how it looks. Painting without object or space, in my view, is impossible ((even Rothko had a beginning and an end). In the mind’s eye, I focus on creating a line between sea and sky…They fold into each other for sure, and the painting suggests where that demarcation might be. Ok..enough blathering, time for coffee

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  2. a wonderful and powerful approach

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  3. Swallowed by the sky…with this image it seems possible.

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  4. You art is often very similar, DK 🙂


  5. Well, some of us just need line and form! Otherwise, it seems (to me) a return to womb-view — though it’s possible I’ve misunderstood Agnes’ point. I have definitely not, however, misunderstood your morning photos today, DK — oh my goodness, they are exquisite!


  6. No stress there.


  7. Going to check her paintings now.

    Now this photo of yours, so dreamy.


  8. Christie says:

    The photo – love, again…the dark sky disappearing as the light steps in…love the touch of pink, like a child who got into Mom’s lipstick and dabbed some on your photo, just a little touch of a kiss…/// Agnes Martin, her words, remind me of how fortunate we are, in my area…we mostly encounter empty beaches (not so up North close to major metro area)…and the coastline is publicly owed and I think building is only allowed on about 5% of land along the coast…


  9. … soak it in and breathe. I find this so calming.

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