Battling with Questions of Honesty I encountered Gauguin
for the first time, today, in the Gallery. Viewed later
there's inevitability about a good picture:
but before the act of creation the canvas is blank,
an immense void with no fixt points or preset scale.
In this desert “Success” & “Failure” are irrelevant,
Only 'Experience' exists. Yet simply to fling wide
the shutters of perception is, for some, alarming.
But if one dismisses received canons there springs forth a brook
which, if channeled, becomes in time the river itself.
Unoccupied children question their vacant lives
which the Great and the Good are careful never to do -
thats why they seek success while I seek myself.
In the long run Ill be richer: tho wealth
itself is subjective. How can I reconcile You
and It and Them with the simplicity for which I strive?
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh 24viii79