a blessed unrest...

There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep yourself open and aware to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. ... No artist is pleased. [There is] no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than the others.
                                                                                                 ― Martha Graham

i'm listening, i'm listening...

i'm making progress...

my heart and mind are as full as this week's moon.

a blessed unrest, indeed.

: : karen anne


  1. I love this quote!!! Thank you for sharing it!!

  2. You are most welcomed! I need to read and re-read it in the coming days...

  3. hi from spain. through pinterest i discovered your work today. i just love it. it is love at first sight. to me it has a zen quality. quiet, peaceful and profound. even the strong colors in your work have a peaceful quality in me. great and brave, very brave work.
    thank you for sharing

    1. Thank you for taking the time to write me, Iola. It is always so gratifying to know when my work has touched someone... Sometimes when I'm in the studio alone and surrounded by quiet, it's hard to know exactly why I'm there...but knowing there are others who feel as I do helps make sense of it all.