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Creativity. Where does it come from? And how can we get it? Every artist wrestles with this problem at one time or another. Pablo Picasso once said, that every child is an artist - the problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. Here is some food for thought...

How To Be An Artist

stay loose. learn to watch snails. plant impossible gardens. invite someone dangerous to tea. make little signs that say YES! and post them all over your house. make friends with freedom and uncertainty. look forward to dreams. cry during movies. swing as high as you can on a moonlight. cultivate moods. refuse to "be responsible." do it for love. take lots of naps. give money away. do it now. the money will follow. believe in magic. believe in yourself. laugh a lot. celebrate every gorgeous momment. take moonbaths. have wild imaginings, transformative dreams, and perfect calm. draw on the walls. read every day. imagine yourself magic. giggle with children. listen to old people. dive in. be free. bless yourself. drive away fear. play with everything. entertain your inner child. you are innocent. build a fort with blankets. get wet. hug trees. write love letters. SARK-1990

the hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else. -- e.e. cummings
(the sneakiest phrases in the english language are "you ought..." "you should ..." and "you need to....")

SCOTT ADAMS: if you're going to create, create a lot. Creativity is not like playing the slot machines, where failure to win means you go home broke. with creativity, if you don't win, you're usually no worse off than if you hadn't played. The Joy of Work(HarperBusiness

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In the first grade, Mr. Lohr said my purple tepee wasn't realistic enough, that purple was no color for a tent, that purple was a color for people who died, that my drawing wasn't good enough to hang with the others. I walked back to my desk counting the swish swish swishes of my courderoy trousers. With a black crayon, nightfall came to my purple tepee in the middle of the afternoon. In the second grade, Mr. Barta said, "Draw anything!" He didn't care what. I left my paper blank and when he came around to my desk, my heart beat like a tom-tom while he touched my head with his big hand and in a soft voice said,"the snowfall. How clean and white and beautiful!"

When the green woods laugh with the voice of joy,
And the dimpling stream runs laughing by;
When the air does laugh with our merry wit,
And the green hill laughs with the noise of it;
When the meadows laugh with lively green,
And the grasshopper laughs in the merry scene,

When Mary and Susan and Emily
With their sweet round mouths sing "Ha, Ha, He!"
When the painted birds laugh in the shade,
When our table with cherries and nuts is spread,
Come live and be merry, and join with me,
To swing the sweet chorus of "Ha,Ha,He!" William Blake

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering, dancing in the breeze. William Wordsworth

How do you like to go up in a swing
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it is the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside --

Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown --
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down! Robert Louis Stevenson

Far across hill and dale
The blossoms of the plum have cast
A delicate pink veil. Basho


No Crayons

The kindergarten class had settled down to its coloring books. Willie came up to the teacher's desk and said, "Miss Francis, I ain't got no crayons."

"Willie," Miss Francis said, "you mean, "I don't have any crayons.' You don't have any crayons. We don't have any crayons. They don't have any crayons. Do you see what I'm getting at?"

"Not really," Willie said, "What happened to all them crayons?"

A R T ? !

Dream Big

"If there were ever a time to dare,
to make a difference,
to embark on something worth doing,
it is now.

Not for any grand cause, necessarily-
but for something that tugs at your heart,
something that's your aspiration,
something that's your dream.

You owe it to yourself
to make your days here count.

Have fun.

Dig Deep.


Dream big.

Know, though, that things worth doing
seldom come easy.
There will be good days.
There will be times when you want to turn around,
pack it up,
and call it quits.

those times tell you
that you are pushing yourself,
that you are not afraid to learn by trying.


Because with an idea,
and the right tools,
you can do great things.

Let your instincts,
your intellect,
and your heart
guide you.


Believe in the incredible power of the human mind.
Of doing something that makes a difference.
Of working hard.
Of laughing and hoping.
Of lazy afternoons.
Of lasting friends.
Of all the things that will cross your path this year.

The start of something new
brings the hope of something great.

Anything is possible.
There is only one you.
And you will pass this way only once.
Do it right."

Macintosh ad from 1991


I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free. -- Michelangelo



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Invest yourself in everything you do. There's fun in being serious. Wynton Marsalis


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