I was watching Art City this morning and Agnes Martin was featured on the Simplicity episode. What an amazing woman she seems to have achieved such a state of peace that I really hope to achieve someday.
Her awareness of joy “When people go to the ocean, they like to see it all day. . . . There’s nobody living who couldn’t stand all afternoon in front of a waterfall. It’s a simple experience, you become lighter and lighter in weight, and you wouldn’t want anything else. Anyone who can sit on a stone in a field awhile can see my painting. Nature is like a curtain; you go into it. I want to draw a certain response like this. . . . Not a specific response but that quality of response from people when they leave themselves behind, often experienced in nature– an experience of simple joy. . . the simple, direct going into a field of vision as you would cross an empty beach to look at the ocean.”Agnes Martin
Sidebar there is a scene in the Doctor Who episode Flesh & Stone where the Doctor takes Amy's hand and kisses her on the forehead. It is literally one of the most poignant moments I have ever seen on tv. That scene reminds me of pure joy. It gave me goosebumps.