Art of anything is not in the skill of rendering a visible or audible thing but in the beauty and love that only the stillness of the Light of the Soul can give.
What is Art?
What makes someone a master artist is not technical ability per se, but rather the soul qualities that reflect the Soul of Cosmic Mind. The Soul alone can give out love. The body can render a perfect technical reproduction, but if the love nature of God is not in it, it is not art, for the art of anything is not in the skill of rendering a visible or audible thing but in the beauty and love that only the stillness of the Light of the Soul can give. And herein lies the difference between the genius of the master and soulless mediocrity.
(Walter and Lao Russell, Home Study Course in Cosmic Consciousness, Unit 1, Lesson 2)
Great Art is Simple
Great art is simple. My universe is great art, for it is simple.
Great art is balanced. My universe is consummate art, for it is balanced simplicity.
My universe is one in which many things have majestic measure; and again another many have measure too fine for sensing. Yet I have not one law for majestic things, and another low for things which are beyond the sensing.
I have but one law for all My opposed pairs of creating things: and that law needs but one word to spell it out, so hear Me when I say that the one word of My one law is Balance. And if man needs two words to aid him in his knowing of the workings of that law, these two words are Balanced Interchange.
If man still needs more words to aid his knowing of My one law, give to him another one, and let those three words be Rhythmic Balanced Interchange.
At the early age of thirteen he financed his years at art school playing a church organ and teaching music. As young man he built up his fame as portraitist of famous families, especially of their children. As architect he designed and built buildings in the City of New York, such as the Hotel des Artistes on West 67th Street, the first Hotel Pierre occupying a whole Park Avenue Block between 48th and 49th Streets, Alwyn Court at 58th and Seventh Avenue and the Gothic studio building opposite the Museum of Natural History on 79th Street. His first sculpture, the Edison-Bust, he made at the age of 56, and other portrait busts followed, including two busts of US-President Roosevelt.
What is the great passion of your life? I asked.
Beauty, he [Walter Russell] replied without hesitation. Beauty and worthiness to live life as a masterful interpreter of the Light.
What do you mean by beauty? I asked.
Perfection of rhythm, balanced perfection of rhythm. Everything in Nature is expressed by rhythmic waves of light. Every thought and action is a light-wave of thought and action. If one interprets the God within one, ones thoughts and actions must be balanced rhythmic waves. Ugliness, fears, failures and diseases arise from unbalanced thoughts and actions. Therefore thing beauty always if one desires vitality of body and happiness.
The Uncovered Genius
Gabrilowitsch was a musician all the way through. It might interest you to know that when Gabrilowitsch posed for the bust I did of him, he looked no more like a musician than a colonel in the Army, or a lawyer. After half an hour of work, I said, I want to see you as a musician. I want to see music in your eyes. I want to see the very soul of music in you because that is what you are. I do not want to do a bust of you just as an ordinary human being. What shall I do? he asked. Go to the piano and play, I said. I cannot play for an audience of one. I could play for an audience of a thousand, but not for one, he replied. Yes, you can, I replied, you just play and forget me and I will take care of my part. He played for an hour or two at a time for sixteen hours. I was then able to interpret him as a musician. I think that is one of the best things I have ever done it portrays a man actually inspired by thinking music.