I am always looking for the poetic moments in office life. I never cease to be surprised by how light can transform the most ordinary objects into something special.
— Kathy Ryan
suspending self-judgment doesn’t just mean blowing off the “you suck” voice in our heads. it also means liberating ourselves from conventional expectations - from what we think our work “ought” to be or “should” look like. stay stupid. follow your unconventional, crazy heart.
my advice is if you love it and you wanna do it and it’s your dream, don’t let anybody tell you no. just do it.
i’m not built for that. i don’t want normal and easy and simple. i want painful, difficult, devastating, life-changing extraordinary love. don’t you want that too?
— olivia pope
I don’t just work for my projects, I work because I need to take a picture when I see it in front of me.
it’s genetic, a chemical thing. for me it’s a force of habit. the brain has been wired to be comfortable with putting things out there. to let the work be itself.
— mike perry on art and the creative process
It’s not art if the world (or at least a tiny portion of it) isn’t transformed in some way. And it’s not art if it’s not generous. And most of all, it’s not art if there’s no risk. The risk isn’t the risk of financial ruin (though that might be part of it). No, the risk is the risk of rejection. Of puzzlement. Of stasis. Art requires the artist to care, and to care enough to do something when he knows it might not work.
Everything you want is on the other side of fear.
— Jack Canfield’s words of wisdom which, along with this kick-ass book by Steven Pressfield, are my 2014 mottos.
stay hungry; stay foolish. i have always wished that for myself. and now, i wish that for you. stay hungry; stay foolish.
I guess the evolution of one’s work is to do things you haven’t done before, to try new strategies, to bring whatever your instincts are to a new kind of practice that has a different frame of reference.