artist's way reflections: week 8

October 25, 2008

This week has been filled with one of life’s creative blockades — half of our family has been sick. So, I don’t have time to offer a reflection. But for the sake of consistency, here are a few quotes from the chapter I found helpful:

  • “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein (pg 131)
  • For the artist, to become overly cerebral is to become crippled. This is not to say that artists lack rigor; rather that artistic rigor is grounded differently than intellectual life usually admits. (pg 132)
  • “Man can learn nothing except by going from the known to the unknown.” – Claude Bernard (pg 134)
  • Art is the act of structuring time. (pg 134)
  • The grace to be a beginner is always the best prayer for an artist. The beginner’s humility and openness lead to exploration. Exploration leads to accomplishment. (pg 140)
  • Blocked creatives like to think they are looking at changing their whole life in one fell swoop. This form of grandiosity is very often its own undoing. By setting the jumps too high and making the price tag too great, the recovering artist sets defeat in motion. (pg 141)
  • Take one small daily action instead of indulging in the big questions. When we allow ourselves to wallow in the big questions, we fail to find the small answers. (pg 143)
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