Listening to Your Artwork

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© Suzanne Augello 2012

Lately, I’ve been slowly making my way through Madeleine L’Engle’s reflections on the arts.  Good stuff – I read small sections at a time and journal as I digest her writing.  She expounds upon simply being – something I love, and why I often post about finding the workspaces in which you work best, de-cluttering, and cultivating creativity.  Sounds pretty zen, but I love the contemplative.

Out of her many quotable morsels, I love:

When the work takes over, then the artist is enabled to get out of the way, not to interfere. When the work takes over, then the artist listens…We must work every day, whether we feel like it or not, otherwise when it comes time to get out of the way and listen to the work, we will not be able to heed it.

In my own life, I’ve found the hard way that time management is what allows this breathing room for my work.  When I’ve allotted specific time to projects – for research, sketching, painting, etc. – I leave time to think and be… and I’ve stopped talking long enough for my work to reply.


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