Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cats with Flaming Ears and Invisible Flaming Tails

My favorite conversation from yesterday went like this:

Six-year-old: "Look!  I'm making four cats and their ears and tails are on fire!"  Looking down, he realizes that he hasn't drawn tails on the cats and quickly adds,  "But their tails are invisible."     

It took me seven years of higher education and a life-changing lecture by conceptual artist, Nayland Blake to (re)discover the process that this first-grader embraces so naturally: make the work that you are compelled to make, and then look at it and figure out what it's about.  This (admittedly overused) quote by Picasso is just so, so true.  

And here's something lovely from the backyard:

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