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Letters to a Young Poet, Rainer Maria Rilke

By Tina Christophillis

Sep 03rd 2013


"There is no measuring with time. A year doesn't matter; ten years are nothing. To be an artist means not to compute or count; it means to ripen as the tree, which does not force its sap, but stands unshaken in the storms of spring with no fear that summer might not follow. It will come regardless. But it comes only to those who live as though eternity stretches before them, carefree, silent, and endless. I learn it daily, learn it with many pains, for which I am grateful: Patience is all!"  -Rainer Maria Rilke, from "Letters to a Young Poet

I recently read "Letters to a Young Poet", by Rainer Maria Rilke.  It is a gem of a book full of rich advice for the young aspiring artist.  In these ten letters Rilke speaks to a young poet who longs to be an artist.  He is inspired by Rilke and seeks feedback in his own work.  Rilke comes of age with his words, every sentence is dense with wisdom.  He speaks of being a true artist, living your life in integrity, feeling the depths, the pains, the longings, giving yourself space and solitude and hearing the inner voice of your own truth and daring to live in its fullness.  These letters are meant to be read and reread and their wisdom put into practice by artists who seek authentice expression.  

The above quote from the third letter describes eloquently what it is like to make true art.  I believe time expands when you are in your truth.  It is your truth, like the tree is a tree whose leaves grow as they grow and fall as they fall, so are you an artist, who makes what you make, sees what you see, and knows what you know and only you can create what you create and bring these worlds into existence.  Integrity is not bound my measurable results, countable frames, and seconds on a clock.  It comes into being as you are aware and centered in your truth.  It is our responsibility as artists to bring this truth forward, to know who we are, to create space for its emergence, and as we do, we will know timelessness, expansiveness and freedom.


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    Hi I'm Fotini 

    Welcome to my blog!

    I am a painter currently based in Greenville, South Carolina.  Through my work, I seek to communicate an internal narrative using traditional painting processes.  

    Here you will find information about what I am working on, recollections of my process, things that inspire me. I am asking questions about art, writing letters to myself, reflecting, learning, growing, discovering.  Thank you for joining and supporting the adventure.