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Friday, October 18, 2013

Imagination Without Borders

"Dancing in the Light" acrylic ©Mary Montague Sikes
When Yo-Yo Ma, a world famous cellist, appeared on CBS earlier this week, I was inspired to learn that he was a child prodigy who took up the cello at age 4 and played for President John F. Kennedy when he was 7. When he spoke about the importance of imagination in playing music, my interest peaked.

Imagination.

Albert Einstein said, "Imagination is more important than knowledge." He was a scientist and a thinker.

Creative people including artists and writers use their imagination constantly. I love the Michelangelo quote, "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free."

We need imagination to see what others do not. As writers, we can find new things in our dreams and later discover a place for them in our imaginations. As an artist, I recognize images in nature and find a place for them on the empty canvas. Like Michelangelo's sculpture hidden in the rock, the flower is set free on blank paper or linen.

Child prodigies. Genius scientists. How exciting to walk to the beat of a different drummer and see a world that for now is invisible to others but soon will be seen or read by those willing to look.

Imagination without borders. What could be more perfect? What could be more inspiring?
"Hibiscus" acrylic ©Mary Montague Sikes

They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Read more at http://www.notable-quotes.com/i/imagination_quotes.html#Ud8ugpyEeU4fygUz.99
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Read more at http://www.notable-quotes.com/i/imagination_quotes.html#Ud8ugpyEeU4fygUz.99
They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.
Read more at http://www.notable-quotes.com/i/imagination_quotes.html#Ud8ugpyEeU4fygUz.99
"Calla" acrylic ©Mary Montague Sikes

5 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Something to inspire us all to see more and try for more.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

We all need to be more aware. Thanks, Alex.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - such a great post - which I really wouldn't have understood a few years ago .. but blogging and seeing the world in a new light through exhibitions has opened my eyes to new worlds ...

Fascinating and love the title .. Imagination without Borders ... cheers Hilary

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Thanks so much, Hilary. Titles mean a lot more than I used to believe!

Ice Girl said...

Lovely post and beautiful artwork.