Ch.1-3

1 02 2010

In the preface, it’s explained that the book is broke up into three parts: forming the mind, disciplining the body, and cultivating the spirit. Haynes had organized the chapters in order to have a certain flow to them, and I find that it much more enjoyable to read and understood quicker and with less effort. I’m not much for reading things, especially when it come to required reading for school, but so far this book has proved me wrong and I actually wanted to continue reading on. Another aspect of the book I enjoy is that you can tell the Haynes believes what she’s writing, which, in turn, helps myself to believe it.
She explains a lot about herself; she tells us her journey to becoming an “artist” and what she considers that title to hold, her life and her work being interwoven and inseparable. We then discussed the artistic paths/pasts of ourselves. All the way from childhood to the present, and we acquire new knowledge and a better understand of our environments. Then onto talking about the place of schooling in the world of art. One of the thing that stuck out to me the most in this section was talking about the necessity of schooling. Personally I’d feel lost without having Stout here to guide me along the path of artistry; Haynes says its there as a resource, but not needed; and that one should not be afraid to leave it and come back later.

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