Discipline

THERES A QUOTE GOING AROUND THE INTERNET that’s sometimes attributed to me, but I know I didn’t say it first. I believe I heard photographer and director Chase Jarvis say it, but I think even he was quoting someone. About the discipline needed to create art, he said: “It’s called artwork, not art-f*cking-around.” I edited that a little bit.

Art can be many things and making it can take many forms. It can be spontaneous and playful. It can be tremendous fun, and when we’re in a state of creative flow, it seems effortless. But it takes work to get us to a place where flow can occur. It takes discipline.

Most of us don’t want to hear that, and I’m not thrilled to have to write it because the fingers that point back at me in blame for ...

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