Quotes……I love quotes, but all of mine have just gone swoosh off my computer. I went looking for the file but it’s gone……..and I had some doozies in that file.
But on to the reason I’m thinking of this…I receive a lot of newsletters and subscribe to lots of lists and blogs. Today I got one in the in-box that I love to read through in my spare time. I seem to have lots of spare time. Anyway, this one is called Creativity Portal and comes to you if you sign up at creativity-portal .
One of the first articles I clicked on represented what I’ve been doing a lot of recently….or more correctly, for the past year……THE LULL. The article can be found here.
Actually, it’s called Romancing the Lull: Creativity’s Pause Button written by Jill Badonsky. I saw a couple of quotes in the article I can certainly identify with…….
“To do great work a man must be very idle as well as very industrious“._ Samuel Butler. And the other… “It takes a lot of time to be a genius, you have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.”_ Gertrude Stein
Well, if those quotes can be relied on as a marker for genius, then you can count on me to come up with something wonderful soon. It’s getting pretty awful when you dust furniture or write in your journal/blog instead of paint on the three little paintings that are just waiting for their finishing touches. And finishing touches are all they need……..that is, unless I make a major goof and it makes me start over again…..with another layer.
Anyway, I encourage those of you planning on becoming geniuses, to sign up for the creativity portal newsletter………… andit will help you come up with validation for all those times you stare at a painting for hours on end.
I'm a big fan of the Lull. Not that you need to be doing absolutely nothing, as G Stein demands of geniuses (but what would I know?) but at least you return to the studio with fresh eyes and, if you can remember them, fresh thoughts. KJ
My Lull has lasted so long that I will soon be a Genius with a capitol "G."