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“The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.” – Marcus Aurelius
Just how am I going to start on this one? Do you know, I’m not really sure – and that’ll do as a way in. It’s one of the pitfalls of the over-abstractified world we live in that people think – let alone people, we end up thinking – that we have to consciously think how we’re going to do something. And everything becomes plain hard work that way. And not the fun kind.
I’m teaching myself a few ins and outs of illustration – no, it’d be more accurate to say when I’m actually drawing anything I think worthwhile, I’m just enjoying myself. Otherwise, I tend to lose interest. That’s the obstacle and, after a fashion, it sorts of points me to the way.
Very often, when you can’t do something for some reason, that reason is the thing that may need to be gently (or not) thrown overboard – as more often than not it proves to be an artificial constraint imposed by overthinking what you’re trying to do. When something seems too complicated to be borne, maybe it isn’t all that complicated after all. Maybe that’s nature’s way of telling you it’s actually quite simple after all.
Just a thought. Now, where was that paintbrush? Ah, I have it, it was behind my ear – excuse me . . .Published in