Judith brought this newspaper clipping to the little book release party my wife threw for me after my first book came out. An artist herself, she blacked out the caption of the photograph to read: “create more a r t.”
I had it hanging on my bulletin board for a few years, then took it down and threw it in a box when I moved my office out to the garage.
If you have a child of two or three, or can borrow one, let her give you beginning lessons in looking.
—Corita Kent and Jan Steward, Learning By Heart
This weekend we visited the Umlauf Sculpture Garden here in Austin. Towards the end of our visit, I spent at least half an hour at the very edge of the garden with my back to the beautiful art and scenery, watching the cars whiz by on Robert E. Lee Road.
Going to an art museum with a two-year-old will make you rethink what’s interesting and what’s art. (After all, what are cars but fast, colorful, kinetic sculptures?) This, of course, should be the point of museums: to make us look closer at our everyday life as a source of art and wonder.
Things can get tricky when you turn the thing you love into the thing that keeps you clothed and fed. Proceed with caution.
If you have an hour to kill, I had a nice chat with Srinivas Rao on his Unmistakable Creative podcast. Srinivas said listeners had been requesting me for a while, so I was more than happy to
disappoint them be invited.
Among the many topics we discussed: why I found my best work after I left school and what one should to do with an audience once they show up.
When you discover a new-to-you piece of culture that you want to investigate, say, a new artist or a TV show, it can be hard to know where to start.
Most of us jump on Wikipedia and go from there, but these days I like to head over to Twitter.