While struggling with caffeine withdrawal, I’ve been at times very sleepy and without the energy to do art my usual way, but I also wanted to create something, so recently I turned on some music and mostly just let the notes do the drawing. It was freeing. Now I’m more resolved to drawing even when I’m really tired. Before this I would just assume that anything I would do in that state would turn out awful. Now I figure, so what if? It’s better to try than to prejudge and not do anything. 12 months ago
This drawing was inspired by a poem:
The trees ahead and the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is called Here,
And you must treat it as a powerful stranger,
Must ask permission to know it and be known.
The forest breathes. Listen. It answers,
I have made this place around you,
If you leave it you may come back again, saying Here.
No two trees are the same to Raven.
No two branches are the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you,
You are surely lost. Stand still.
The forest knows where you are.
You must let it find you.
An old Native American elder story rendered into modern English by David Wagoner, in The Heart Aroused – Poetry and the Preservation of the Soul in Corporate America by David Whyte, Currency Doubleday, New York, 1996.15 months ago
to run imagination like a computer. Of course, there is a soulful side too. 23 months ago
I’ve very much appreciated the cheers I’ve received on this goal so I thought I should probably write something to say what it means to me. It mostly refers to my efforts at abstract art and story. I like the riskiness of it but haven’t felt brave enough to display anything here. However, it’s one of my more satisfying goals –(and a humbling process. :D) 2 years ago