Artists on Writers - No. 1, Hermann Hesse

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I was inspired to create this series by naikki while looking through her gallery of diverse artwork and reading through her journals which are focused on her favorite inspiring writers and thinkers. I felt certain there must be beautiful artwork in the form of portraits and tributes to these writers and their stories. I found most of naikki's choices of quotes to be inclusionary, redeeming and welcoming to any artist on their own path. Instead of just crediting naikki with the inspiration for this new series on depthRADIUS, I also invited her to provide a quote about Herman Hesse of her own to kick off this series.

Contemplations of the sharp-eyed mystic: when words become the palette to paint the journey to self realization.naikki

About Artists on Writers


Writers will always find inspiration in the visions of artists, always feeling compelled to tell the stories behind the moments captured in artists’ unforgettable images,

Just as,

Artists will always find inspiration in the words of writers, always feeling compelled to lend visual reality and habitat to the characters described in the scribe’s haunting words.

A Quote From Herman Hesse


Life is a process of becoming...

“There is no escape. You can't be a vagabond and an artist and still be a solid citizen, a wholesome, upstanding man. You want to get drunk, so you have to accept the hangover. You say yes to the sunlight and pure fantasies, so you have to say yes to the filth and the nausea. Everything is within you, gold and mud, happiness and pain, the laughter of childhood and the apprehension of death. Say yes to everything, shirk nothing. You are not harmonious, or the master of yourself. You are a bird in the storm. Let it storm! Let it drive you!”

— Hermann Hesse

Hermann Hesse Inspired Artwork


by Herman Hesse

I sped through heaven and saw God at work.

I suffered holy pains.

I dropped all my defences and was afraid of nothing in the world.

I accepted all things and to all things I gave up my heart.

Going Alone
by BlackwolfSilverpaw

Demian (excerpt)

by Herman Hesse

In The Fog
It's strange to wander in the fog!
A lonely bush, a lonely stone,
No tree can see the other one,
And one is all alone.

The world was full of friends back then,
As life was light to me;
But now the fog has come,
And no one can I see.

Truly, no one is wise,
Who does not know the dark
Which inevitably and silently
Does from others him part.

It's strange to wander in the fog!
Life is loneliness
No Man knows the other one,
And one is all alone.

Demian (excerpt)

by Herman Hesse

The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world.

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LadyBrot's avatar
I've haven't seen this before!
maharvi's avatar
truly inspirational. Thank you for such a wonderful resource.
Calilasseia's avatar
With respect to this quote, that appears in part on the Featured Stories Of The Week advertisement for this article:

There's no reality except the one contained within us. That's why so many people live an unreal life. They take images outside them for reality and never allow the world within them to assert itself.

I suspect quite a few physicists would take exception to this. Just saying.
Anastasia122's avatar
Interesting article..
cipher-0x's avatar
Wonderful & enjoyable read on an incredible talent, Thank you!Rose 
RainyBlacksmith's avatar
Always something good to read... on here... ^-^
Great article... was in a blah, but now once again inspired.
LongCoolWomanInBlack's avatar
One more remark literature is art. Poetry is art. They are forms of written art as opposed to a picture.
Cold-Mountains's avatar
Great tribute and thank you for featuring my work.  I also did an oil of H.H..  Did you catch that one?
LongCoolWomanInBlack's avatar
I will pick an author at random. William Faulkner “Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”

The man loved the written word, that is all. Frankly, he did not give a damn.
monkey8alexia's avatar
Whoa! I completely love this, I want to see more. Definitely a win, win book. Artists on Writers. XD
T-DA2's avatar
As predominantly a visual artist (that writes sometimes among other things) I'd say they (visual & literay arts) weigh about the same. Both are a Beech to master and one really has to wonder if you couldn't do better or where to draw the line in any medium, with out it being to precious or not enough. In the end though you either have it or you don't....and it can still be hard at the best of times. We creators are symbiotic creatures and need to feed off each other (at least for me) I would say the great unwashed has a definate lack of appreciation for what most of us do....They don't seem to understand that if it were not for us...they would be running around naked (shudder), and sleeping rough! Without a cellphone!!!!!! ect.... (interesting article)
TRKizm's avatar
You know what...we need both
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Possessive-Pumpkin's avatar
I don't know why, but I feel incredibly happy right now. Herman Hesse is one of my all time favourite creators/ artists/ writers
SarthosJacruga's avatar
Just to say, or ask in this case... Am I the only one feeling, as primarily a writer, that this post implies that writers aren't seen as artists?... Just curious...
The-Madder's avatar
I feel the same, in a way. I guess here it's implied that writing and "visual art" require two different skill sets - visual art being the more complex and difficult art to master. In truth, the art of writing is choosing the best words in the best order - so it would be a form of logic? whereas visual art has to appeal to the eye rather than the ear (in writing, we listen to the words in our head; eyes apply with visual arts) and the eye can register much more than the eye so it 'takes more skill to muster correctly'. Logic, or feeling. What seems more like art to you?

Of course, I would say that you would need to understand the power of words and sounds to really understand the way something is written, but if the writing touches you in a way, in a way that is different to what any painting or drawing could do, then isn't that art?

My explanation now feels like one large digression now. Ah well. I feel that writers are under-appreciated, with poets looked at more fondly than a story writer (because just anyone can write a story, no?); and even with that writers as a whole is weighted 35-65 as to visual artists. Or at least on here it is, or feels like.

So no, you aren't the only one feeling (possibly) under-appreciated.

Sayuri14's avatar
Well, your explanation makes sense (at least for me). I think visual arts and writing are on equal terms. They are both difficult to muster, it so happens that most people tend to give more attention to what's visual. I don't know how to put this takes the same amount of effort to picture a story in your mind just as making a story about a painting you're seeing.I feel that poets are much more appreciated because it's easier to visualize a poem rather than a short story.

In conclusion, I agree with you about the under appreciation :P
tafolla's avatar
I had finally hit rock bottom this helped me back to my feet now there is no turning back no pressure just check it out
InKibus's avatar
Perfect artworks for a inimitable writer. Keep this up, DA.
The real artists are Writers in my mind.
jerrykimbro's avatar
Interesting idea- asking Artists about Writers. But that leaves cartoonists and comic book artists out in the cold. We use both mediums and integrate them into a cohesive story. Where does separating artists and writers into different camps leave US?
kendrug's avatar
Amazing inspirational poet.
dofaust's avatar
The art is uniformly good in this collection. Not so the writing. The writing all
needs editing by a pro. Poetry and Prose-poetry should be edited, to avoid
very common typos and even errors in syntax. English is universal. We should thank our lucky
stars we have it, and honor it by reaching for its high-water marks.
If one writes poetry, they should not indicate that they are ignorant of traditional
and effective very basic poetics: assonance, alliteration, rhyme, meter, repetition,
run-on discourse... all before they try to make allusions, or allegories, etc....
There are very good reasons that our best scholars and critics include the poems they
do, in their anthologies...... Each line of poetry must justify its own existence....
(to coin a phrase...)
SasoDeiLover7's avatar
Artists on Writers? Writers ARE Artists.
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