|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Art of Writing by Robert Louis Stevenson:
THERE is nothing more disenchanting to man than to be shown
the springs and mechanism of any art. All our arts and
occupations lie wholly on the surface; it is on the surface
that we perceive their beauty, fitness, and significance; and
to pry below is to be appalled by their emptiness and shocked
by the coarseness of the strings and pulleys. In a similar
way, psychology itself, when pushed to any nicety, discovers
an abhorrent baldness, but rather from the fault of our
analysis than from any poverty native to the mind. And
perhaps in aesthetics the reason is the same: those
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Hidden Masterpiece by Honore de Balzac:
these are my colors, my brushes." And he caught up a brush which he
held out to them with a naive motion.
"The old rogue is making game of us," said Poussin, coming close to
the pretended picture. "I can see nothing here but a mass of confused
color, crossed by a multitude of eccentric lines, making a sort of
"We are mistaken. See!" returned Porbus.
Coming nearer, they perceived in a corner of the canvas the point of a
naked foot, which came forth from the chaos of colors, tones, shadows
hazy and undefined, misty and without form,--an enchanting foot, a
living foot. They stood lost in admiration before this glorious
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Twilight Land by Howard Pyle:
dried with towels of fine linen. When they came forth they were
clad in clothes of cloth of silver, stiff with gold and jewels.
Then twelve handsome white slaves led them through a vast and
splendid hall to a banqueting-room.
When they entered they were deafened with the noise of carousing
Aben Hassen the Fool sat at the head of the table upon a throne
of gold, with a canopy of gold above his head. When he saw the
king and the minister enter, he beckoned to them to come and sit
beside him. He showed them special favor because they were
strangers, and special servants waited upon them.