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Gretchen Rubin

Gretchen Rubin

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A Little Happier: Keep the Paint as Good as It Is in the Can.

September 26th, 2016

Episode 356 of 399 episodes

I love koans, paradoxes, teaching stories, aphorisms, maxims, anything of that sort. I discovered this personal “koan” from artist Frank Stella in Color Chart: Reinventing Color: 1950 to Today, by Ann Temkin. The book was published to accompany a big exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York City. My color obsession continues! Stella says, “I knew a wise guy who used to make fun of my painting, but he didn’t like the Abstract Expressionists either. He said they would be good painters if they could only keep the paint as good as it is in the can. And that’s what I tried to do. I tried to keep the paint as good as it was in the can.” The painting is Frank Stella’s Lac Laronge III. What do you think — is the paint as good as it is in the can? (Whatever that means.) Want to get the “Moment of Happiness,” the free email newsletter I send out each day, with a terrific quote about happiness or human nature? Sign up here. Want to get in touch? I love hearing from listeners: Comment below Email us:[email protected] Connect on Twitter: @gretchenrubin and @elizabethcraft Call: (77 HAPPY 336) Comment ... The post A Little Happier: Keep the Paint as Good as It Is in the Can. appeared first on Gretchen Rubin.

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