Reason vs. Passion Dahlia Sketch

Reason vs. Passion Dahlia Sketch

Reason vs. Passion Dahlia Sketch

Kahlil Gibran says that “God rests in reason” and “God moves in passion”, and “Your soul is oftentimes a battlefield, upon which your reason and your judgement wage war against your passion and your appetite.”
Reason & Passion

"God Rests in Reason; God Moves in Passion"

I often read poetry, listen to music, or even play a movie in the background while I’m working in my studio so I’ll have something to think about. It can be really inspirational and exciting. I’ve returned to the writings of KG so often because somehow he always puts me back into a good mode where I can churn out work without thinking too much; without letting my Reason take over. When Reason takes over, one starts to be practical and one tries too hard to be perfect. In my experience, when you are creating and coming up with ideas, Reason and Practicality kill creativity… all the same, they both have a critical place… but just to come out at the right time… and not in the studio; but at my desk.

“For Reason, ruling alone, is a force confining, and Passion, unattended, is a flame that burns it’s own destruction. Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of Passion, that it may sing; And let it direct your Passion with Reason, that your Passion may live through its  own daily resurrection, and like the phoenix rise above its own ashes.”

Phoenix Pair from Seattle Asian Art Museum

Phoenix Pair from Seattle Asian Art Museum

KG conveyed so well what it means to be a professional creative person; the yin and yang of business (professional) vs. heart (creative)… how they have to balance each other in order to be a successful combination.


Images from Top: Reason vs. Passion Dahlia Sketch, value study of a pair of dahlias from the dahlia gardens near Capital Hill’s Asian Art Museum, about 5.5″x8.5″, India ink brush pens by Rachel Heu. 2nd Image: “God Rests in Reason; God Moves in Passion” quoting Kahlil Gibran, super quick dahlia sketch by Rachel Heu. 3rd Image: Phoenix Pair from Seattle Asian Art Museum, late 7th-8th Century, Chinese Tang Period (618-906) Book: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran (pg. 50-51)

About Rachel Heu

"Creativity is an act of defiance. You're challenging the status quo. You're questioning accepted truths and principles. You're asking three universal questions that mock conventional wisdom: Why do I have to obey the rules? Why can't I be different? Why can't I do it my way?" --Twyla Tharp, The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It For Life (pg. 133)
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