Category Archives: Quotes

You just can’t turn creativity on like a faucet.

We mentioned before that Dornwell has its group show coming up 19 June at Railway Street Studios, and the studio is a hive of activity and sometimes panic.

Here is the poster on the wall in our kitchen which always makes you smile as we make that next cup of tea.

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“You are here to enable the divine purpose of the universe to unfold. That is how important you are!” (Eckhart Tolle)

“When I paint, the ocean roars. Others merely paddle in their bath.” (Salvador Dali)

A great story in David Bayles and Ted Orland’s Art and Fear

There’s a great story in David Bayles and Ted Orland’s Art and Fear. Here it is:

“The ceramics teacher announced on opening day that he was dividing the class into two groups. All those on the left side of the studio, he said, would be graded solely on the quantity of the work they produced, all those on the right solely on its quality. His procedure was simple: On the final day of class he would bring in his bathroom scales and weigh the work in the “quantity” group: fifty pounds of pots rated an “A”, forty pounds a “B” and so on. Those being graded on “quality,” however, needed to produce only one pot – albeit a perfect one – to get an “A”. Well, came grading time and a curious fact emerged: the works of the highest quality were all produced by the group being graded for quantity. It seems that while the “quantity” group was busy turning out piles of work – and learning from their mistakes – the “quality” group had sat theorizing about perfection, and in the end had little more to show for their efforts than grandiose theories and a pile of dead clay.”

“Artists get better by sharpening their skills or by acquiring new ones; they get better by learning to work, and by learning from their work.” – David Bayles and Ted Orland

Beyond “So what?”

Found this today. Fingers crossed.

There’s a natural human tendency to lean on and repeat that which we do well. This is okay if we’re cranking out donuts or widgets. But as self-anointed creative artists, our daily joy and progress rest on our ability to jump beyond our safety. Look steadily and imaginatively at the blah in front of you. Given time and contemplation, your new level will stealthily appear. When “So what?” strikes, we ask ourselves “What now?”

Robert Genn