It’s been a pretty inspirational week around here… I spent two days watching a live workshop with Lisa Congdon called “Become a Working Artist” via Creative Live. It was reassuring to find out that I already know a lot of what I need to know (the DOING, however, is what I need a kick in the pants for). At Lisa’s recommendation, I started reading Austin Kleon’s great book Show Your Work. So much of this business is about conquering fear and just putting your stuff out into the world. Speaking of which, blogging is something that I realize I need to do a lot more of. So I will ask my (likely small) group of readers – what do you want to see from me? What would you like me to talk about? I share a TON of my daily work life (sketches, ideas, inspirations) on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram already, so it seems there may be ways for me to go into more depth here. I can share how I do what I do, why I do what I do, more background on what inspires and motivates me. In the process, maybe I will keep myself more motivated.
I will leave you with a little gem I saw up in Cleveland back in August; Sister Corita Kent’s 1960s classroom rules from Immaculate Heart Art Department:
Rule 1: Find a place you trust and then try trusting it for a while.
Rule 2: General duties of a student: Pull everything out of your teacher. Pull everything out of your fellow students.
Rule 3: General duties of a teacher: Pull everything out of your students.
Rule 4: Consider everything an experiment.
Rule 5: Be self disciplined. This means finding someone wise or smart and choosing to follow them. To be disciplined is to follow in a good way. To be self disciplined is to follow in a better way.
Rule 6: Nothing is a mistake. There’s no win and no fail. There’s only make.
Rule 7: THE ONLY RULE IS WORK. If you work it will lead to something. It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.
Rule 8: Don’t try to create and analyse at the same time. They’re different processes.
Rule 9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.
Rule 10: “We’re breaking all of the rules. Even our own rules. And how do we do that? By leaving plenty of room for X quantities.” —John Cage.
Helpful hints: Always be around. Come or go to everything. Always go to classes. Read anything you can get your hands on. Look at movies carefully, often. Save everything – it might come in handy later.
There should be new rules next week.