A Student Response From:
During one mindless session of scrolling through my social media, I came across a quote, “creative people need time to sit around and do nothing” by Austin Kleon. I was struck by the idea of creating by doing nothing. How seemingly contradictory. I was then drawn into a rabbit hole learning more about this artist and found he has written many books including Newspaper Blackout where he writes poetry by blacking out words from a newspaper page (very cool) as well as another book called Steal Like an Artist. Essentially in the latter book, he says that nothing is original, it is how we build on what came before. As artists, we are collectors, selective collectors of unoriginal ideas. This came as somewhat of a comforting concept as much of what I do as an amateur artist is reminiscent of others’ work that I discover after the fact. It has helped me to continue to create and not worry about copying someone else. I am unique just like everyone else.
A Last Note:
In response to Rose's notes on Week 1: Let's gooooo! I have been following Bearsun as well. I agree about his contagious optimism.