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Friday, February 20, 2009

(W)rote Learning, Think About It

Noel and Liam Gallagher In answering a follow-up question from that UK graphic arts student, I realized I kind of take my process for granted. I don't talk a lot about it because I don't think about it much. It sort of just happens. Or at least it seems to, to me.

Think about what you do regularly "without thinking".

But it is pretty cool what I do. Every step of work on the actual piece is done by hand, and without stencil. So the value of what I do is both in the painting and the process. The same goes for you, I'm guessing.

Think about when you try to explain what you do to someone else. If they're going to do it too, they have to take notes or something, or learn it by rote.

This brings me back in my head to the realization that what I do is special, all of it. The inspiration for the idea came from a high school art project, but I came up with the process, the technique and the tools to use.

Think about what you've come up with, creating a new method or a new tool to get something done. Let's take a moment to give ourselves a pat on the back.

We're all here for a reason, to do something, to contribute to humanity in some way. Usually that something involves repetition. I'm liking the saying currently that "persistence expresses passion". People who make a difference for people are those that do, that create, that generate, that add to the world, and who do it a lot.

Just don't forget that even though you're doing the same thing over and over, it's new for somebody. It is special, each time.


SOLD - Oasis 02/20/09


classicrockforthesoul said...

Very much enjoyed reading this post!

And great Oasis painting :)

d.edlen said...

Thanks! I realized I didn't say anything about Oasis, who're one of my favorite bands. Great music, great references to the Stones and Beatles, great asshole rockers. I love their attitude. And they're AWESOME live. My wife and I saw them at the Dodge Theater with Kasabian, another awesome band. Liam's stance whilst singing is so COOL! What a show.