Orly Avineri on uncertainty and creativity

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Lynda Barry on drawing as a message

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Sometimes you freak out about your drawing ability. But what if you consider your drawing as a message from a part of you you don’t know much about? Some part of you that is still trying to communicate in spite of being hated.

There are so many ways of drawing, styles of drawing, ways of working with a line. How can any of them be wrong? It’s like saying a tree is wrong. Or a grasshopper is wrong. Or a lake is wrong. Or orange and yellow are wrong.

Lynda Barry, October 31st, 2016

Lynda Barry on answering questions

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What’s the difference between drawing an answer to a question and speaking the answer to a question? What does time have to do with it?

Lynda Barry 

Austin Kleon on having several passions

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kleon-200pxx1If you have two or three real passions, don’t feel like you have to pick and choose between them. Don’t discard. Keep all your passions in your life. This is something I learned from the playwright Steven Tomlinson. Tomlinson suggests that if you love different things, you just keep spending time with them. “Let them talk to each other. Something will begin to happen.”

Austin Kleon, Steal Like an Artist

Tim Girvin on scribbling dreams and inspirations

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My sense of the scribbling extends from the idea of reaching into the psyche, letting the lines unfurl in the manner of elastic gestures of opening — to the more long term and meditative examination. That might be in the personal script of your making — the secret code of you.

The journal — that is the journey, that is the hour, that is the life — to be made in

whatever manner

you might make it.

Write, the code, your secret code — now.

– Scribbling dreams and inspirations: Journals as palettes of magic, Tim Girvin

Danny Gregory on “the reason why I draw”

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DannyGregory_small“My drawings began as a way to count my blessings. To study, capture, catalog the things that, despite it all, make my life rich.
First, my immediate surroundings: The sun that falls on my notepad. Jack’s new paintings on the fridge. The slow tumble of a dust bunny under the dining table.
I try to feel these blessings, to become part of them and their source, whatever that is. And that communion, not these drawings, is the reason why I draw.”

 – Danny Gregory, Everyday Matters

Danny Gregory on making creativity a habit

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File 14-12-2015, 19 30 49“My advice: keep making and stop critiquing. Don’t ask others’ opinions before you are at a solid solution. And think about how what you are doing matters to the world in some way, how your creativity solves problems or brings joy. Get out of your head and your own concerns and see how you can make a difference with your art. It’s just a drawing, you say? Well, what if drawing something can bring you peace? Or give you an insight you can share? What if that drawing stimulates your imagination so you can solve a problem that’s been vexing your family or your coworkers? What if that drawing is a way of honoring yourself, of investing in yourself, in freeing yourself… that’s more important than sparkling glasses.”

— from Making Creativity a Habit: An Interview with Danny Gregory