Thursday, December 25, 2008

Ass to Chair

My niece, a budding artist and musician, said today that it has been months since she has picked up her guitar, or drawn more than a few drawings. She had some suppositions about why she wasn't accomplishing more: she only liked to learn the guitar directly from a teacher; she felt that she should be able to learn music strictly by ear; she had learned what she wanted to know about drawing the human figure, so she didn't feel challenged.
She mourned her lost interest; she wondered how to find inspiration again.
You've got to apply ass to chair.
Art, music, writing--it doesn't happen without sweeping back the mundane world, clearing off the clutter, and offering your creative side a little room.

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