Pearls from artists* #239
* an ongoing series of quotations – mostly from artists, to artists – that offers wisdom, inspiration, and advice for the sometimes lonely road we are on.
It is a silver morning like any other. I am at my desk. Then the phone rings, or someone raps at the door. I am deep in the machinery of my wits. Reluctantly I rise, I answer the phone or I open the door. And the thought which I had in hand, or almost in hand, is gone.
Creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration, without interruptions. It needs the whole sky to fly in, and no eye watching until it comes to that certainty which it aspires to, but does not necessarily have at once. Privacy, then. A place apart – to pace, to chew pencils, to scribble and erase and scribble again.
Mary Oliver in Upstream: Selected Essays
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Posted on March 15, 2017, in An Artist's Life, Inspiration, Pearls from Artists, Quotes, Studio and tagged "False Friends", "Upstream: Selected Essays", concentration, creative work, Mary Oliver, privacy, solitude. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Pearls from artists* #239.