Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sculpture and Office Work

Everyone wants a fresh start for a new year.
What do you actually do to start anew?
I'm giving up multi-tasking in 2013.
In fact, I want to give up tasking altogether and focus on doing one thing at a time.

When making art, I recognize that panic at the beginning. I think "hurry and make things happen." The truth is, nothing good happens until all thoughts of speed or accomplishment die away into whatever rhythm the work demands.

"When you start working
everybody is in your studio - the past, your friends, enemies,
the art world, and above all, your own ideas - all are there.
But as you continue painting, they start leaving,
one by one,
and you are left completely alone.
Then, if you are lucky, even you leave."
        John Cage

Read a good article on the perils of busy, The Busy Trap by Tim Kreider


Beatriz Cunha said...

what a great quote. so true...

Patrick Gracewood said...

Glad you like it, Beatriz. It encourages me to continue working, not multi-task.