I just started a new book and it's a very interesting one. It's called No Heaven for Gunga Din by Ali Mirdrekvandi Gunga Din. The book has an introduction written by a man named John Hemming who knew the mysterious author of the story.
I just started reading the story so I don't know how it is yet, but there was a line in the introduction by Hemming which made me think.
"He (Gunga Din) held as it were the mirror up to Nature, being so natural, so close to Nature himself--not to the truth of fact, the truth of reason, the truth of the head, but to the truth of the imagination and of the heart, the vision of the child."
This quote reminds me a lot of what I want to achieve with my own paintings. I am a representational painter, but I don't want to just record "the truth of fact". I want my paintings to achieve this childlike vision of the world around me. I'm always thinking about the ecology or interrelatedness of things and it's beautiful to come across writing that relates to my own work.
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