“Along with love and work, [watching] is the great salvation. For whenever someone is seriously watching, a form of lost innocence is restored. It will not last, but during those minutes his self-consciousness is relieved.”

–Robert Phelps, biographer of Colette, quoted in Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life’s Work at 72.

In grief over her husband’s death, at the age of 72 Mary Delany (1700-1788) began making intricate cut-outs of the flowers she loved, calling them her “flower mosaicks.”

Here’s a NYT review of the book Molly Peacock wrote about Mrs. Delany’s life and work.

3 Replies to “WATCHING”

  1. "We were created to look at one another, weren't we?" – Edgar Degas

  2. "You can observe a lot by watching." — Yogi Berra

  3. "If it weren't for electricity, we'd all be watching television by candlelight." -George Gobel