What an exciting week, thanks to new pal Peter Shankman who sent out an email promo on my book I was delighed to receive many responses to my query on WHAT IS A VISIONARY? blogged by Joyce Schwarz, www.visionboard.info and www.visionboard.fm (to preview my book go to www.IHAVEAVISION.org)
One of the most fascinating responses to come in via email was from Pablo Solomon, www.pablosolomon.com and I'm going to take the liberty to excerpt part of his email here as I salute his fabulous art work which are visions themselves! More on Pablo Solomon via podcast and more info and pix in my upcoming book. For details email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pablo Solomon is a Texas-based artist who created this amazing piece called "MELLOW YELLOW" painted on stone. It is set to be featured in the upcoming book "THE VISION BOARD" by Joyce Schwarz, Harper Collins Publishing, Collins Design, fall, 2008. For more info on Solomon's art, www.pablosolomon.com
HERE is an excerpt from the email note that Pablo sent to me-- I opened it at 4:30 a.m on Saturday morning and it proved to be a welcome addition to my quest for answers as to WHAT IS A VISIONARY? More about that later !
Pablo Solomon wrote to author, Joyce Schwarz saying that he is is an internationally recognized artist living and working with my wife Beverly on our 1856 historic ranch north of Austin, Texas. He added --before acting as my wife and muse, Beverly was a model and then in sales and marketing for Diane von Furstenberg, Revlon and Ralph Lauren. My life as an artist has been spiced up with such adventures as having a bit part in a Latin soap opera, acting as a founding teacher for the Houston Contemporary Dance Theatre, training commandos, ranching, working in the oilfields, etc. I speak five languages and my work is collected around the world.You can see some of my work at pablosolomon.com
WHAT IS A VISIONARY?
excerpted from the anwer provided to Joyce Schwarz by artist Pablo Solomon , www.pablosolomon.com .
For more info and tips on following his path, see the upcoming book "THE VISION BOARD" by Joyce Schwarz , fall, 2008, www.ihaveavision.org.
By Pablo Solomon --excerpted from the upcoming book "THE VISION BOARD"author, Joyce Schwarz all rights reserved Harper Collins Publishing, Collins Design, fall, 2008.
"People often ask me how the son of a sharecropper and a railroad worker could end up as a successful artist living the good life?
I think that they are most surprised to hear that from childhood I just knew what I wanted from life and would visualize that life.
I think a good question is---Is one naturally an artist who becomes a visionary or a visionary who becomes an artist? Is the creative/visionary mind developed or is it a gift?
Can one seek the vision or does the vision seek you? I think it is a mystery.
But it is a mystery with clues: The more knowledge you get and the harder you work, the more likely you are to fulfill your visions.
ARTIST STATEMENT: Pablo Solomon
Stones have spirits. If you listen they tell you what wonders they have seen, what lessons they have learned. The stone has waited countless centuries to show the world the beauty hidden within. Like a surfer riding a wave, I never fight the stone. I allow the flow of the stone to guide me. I never remove any more material than the stone wants me to.
Form and function are Nature's greatest relationships. They transcend time and survive evolution. That beauty is the result of proportion is both visually obvious and mathematically calculable. Nowhere are form, function and proportion more beautifully exhibited than in the human form.
It is said that Beauty is Truth. Truth is usually simple when we understand it. To get to the Truth in life often requires removing layers of fear, igorance, hatred, etc. Working in stone is an analogy for finding Truth in life. We remove until we reveal
Joyce is saving the rest of his quotes and upcoming interview for the fall publication of her book. But we wanted to give you a peek inside to see a bit more about WHAT IS A VISIONARY!