Over the years I have collected many art practice tips. When I feel tight and off track I use this list to loosen up my painting.
Sometimes you come across a quote that just stops you. Really, you stop and read it over a few times. Maybe you write it down in the margin of your calendar or copy and paste it into the notes section of your phone. Maybe you print it out and tack it to the cork board in your studio. You might even get those words tattooed onto your arm. Because, well, you don’t want to forget them. But you do. Sometimes those forgotten words keep following you, popping up again and again. This quote from John Cage is one of those for me.
I love this quote!! I find it comforting and inspiring, like a push. He vividly lists the sources of the
baggage that we bring to creating. I can see all of the people around my easel between me and the canvas. Then he reminds me how to get past it, telling me to keep painting and get out of the way and sometimes I listen.