I made a soup a few weeks ago that was terrible. I simply put too many things in the mix. I was so disappointed with how it came out. But it was a great reminder! I really feel (and eat) best when I ferociously edit and narrow down what I am doing. When I savor and fully dive into the wonderful world of very few ingredients.
Working within constraints works for me. I think that’s why I dig minimalism and the barebones-ness of Zen. It’s also a big part of the art that I typically admire.
I love the darker works of Sean Scully. The paintings that are all black are so divine to me. For example; Fort #2 1980, and Blue 1979. I can stare at Blue 1979 for hours. Not to sound dramatic, but it’s like I’m in the womb. I think that’s also why I love looking at the sky at 3AM. The dark vastness of it all, it’s beyond words — so humbling and inspiring.
Anyway… somehow, all of this thinking made me think of Austin Kleon. (That’s how my brain works. It’s always connecting dots in strange ways.) I’m going to embed a bunch of Autin’s work below. Just to give a feeling of creative process, and the tenacity it takes to edit one’s life and one’s work. (Which to me is the same thing. As an artist, I don’t separate the two.)
The skeleton image shows how to take criticism for your choices. The cliff edges show how scary life can feel when you go for what you want. Every image is a reminder of the journey. And I always relish reminders.
All images are the art of Austin Kleon