“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
It still takes a lot of mental energy for me to create art. Some art journalists talk about how relaxing it is to sit and unwind by painting or doodling, but I find I need to have some spark left in me in order to get started. Long hours at work often leave me feeling like the most I can accomplish is watching House of Cards on Netflix.
Last night I was feeling a creative deficit after a weekend of all work and NO play, but I was tired and unmotivated. So I started cutting pictures out of a magazine and gluing down a collage, which I may or may not use at some point as the base of another piece of art. But that got me going enough to do a rough sketch of the woman in this painting, and THAT was enough to give me the motivation to start painting her tonight.
I found the quote while searching the internet for a different quote that I accidentally threw away while chopping up magazines last night. I love the quote, and think it was just the finishing touch the piece needed.