Jerry Saltz, in “How To Be An Artist”:
As artist Laurel Nakadate has observed, being a parent is already very much like being an artist. It means always lugging things around, living in chaos, doing things that are mysterious or impossible or scary. As with art, children can drive you crazy all day, make you wish all this could go away. Then in a single second, at any point, you are redeemed with a moment of intense, transformative love.
I like this version, too::
“Art and kids are very similar: You have to lug stuff around, your home is always a mess, you never know what’s coming next, you are horrified by what you’ve done, and then you’re redeemed by a burst of transformative love.”
Above image: a painting by Erik Westra’s girls. (He gave them a “24-hour pass” to cover the walls before a home renovation). Below: a painting by the great Cy Twombly.