Pearls from artists* # 55

Alexandria, VA

Alexandria, VA

* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.

Once a work is completed, I have to wait before undertaking another.  The completed work does not release me quickly.  It moves its chattels slowly.  The wise thing then is a change of air and of room.  The new material comes to me on my walks.  Whatever happens I mustn’t notice it.  If I interfere, it doesn’t come any more.  One fine day the work demands my help.  I give myself up to it in one fell swoop.  My pauses are its own.  If it falls asleep my pen skids.  As soon as it wakes, it gives me a shake.  It couldn’t care less if I am asleep.  Get up, it says, so that I can dictate.  And it is not easy to follow.  Its vocabulary is not of words.  

Jean Cocteau in The difficulty of Being

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About barbararachkoscoloreddust

Barbara Rachko is a New York Artist, Blogger, and Author who has been meticulously working in Soft Pastel on Sandpaper for 30+ years.

Posted on August 28, 2013, in An Artist's Life, Art in general, Creative Process, Inspiration, Pearls from Artists, Photography, Quotes and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. What interesting insight while on your walks that give you a wonderful creative passion .

  2. the change of language – or dialect or genre – is important enough to make you stop and recharge all your perceptive and receptive energies. Both are so significant in the process, both perceiving and receiving, because you’re participating: participating with some segment of the world, with an unseen mentor, with the other half of your intellect and soul.

    This sort of switching, of voice, genre, language, world-views, happens in David Mitchell’s books. Pulling off this trait with eclat – and creating a different structure than the norm – is why he’s known as “a genius.”

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