I read this book a while back and then again a little more recently. As I was organizing my files and papers, I came across my notes:
- Becoming an artist means learning to accept yourself. This makes your work personal. Following your inner voice makes your work distinctive.
- The flawless person wouldn’t need to make art.
- Our flaws and weaknesses are a source of strength for art. In fact, they are critical.
- “Making art provides uncomfortably accurate feedback about the gap…between what you intended to do, and what you did.”
- “Artists don’t get down to working until the pain of working is exceeded by the pain of not working.”—Stephen DeStaebler
- Fear of not being up to the task of making art can feel dangerous and revealing.
- “Making art precipitates self doubt, stirring deep waters between what you know you should be and what you fear you might be.”
- Vision is always ahead of execution. Knowledge of materials is your contact with reality. Uncertainty is a virtue.
- “Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.”