The point is that you learn how to make your work by making your work, and a great many of the pieces you make along the way will never stand out as finished art.” Pg.6
“You make good work by (among other things) making lots of work that isn’t very good, and gradually weeding out the parts that aren’t good, the parts that aren’t yours.” p. 26
• What work have you made that seems most yours? Why?
“Chances are that whatever theme and technique attract you, someone has already experimented in the same direction. This is unavoidable: making any art piece inevitably engages the larger themes and basic techniques that artists have used for centuries. Finding your own work is a process of distilling from each those traces that ring true to your own spirit.” p. 103
• Who are artists that are making work that relates to you? Are there other influences? How are these other influences connected to your work?
“And while a hundred civilizations have prospered (sometimes for centuries) without computers or windmills or even the wheel, none have survived even a few generations without art.” p. 104
• Discuss, in your own words, why you think this is so.
“Art is something you do out in the world, or something you do about the world, or even something you do for the world. The need to make art may not stem solely from the need to express who you are, but from a need to complete a relationship with something outside of yourself.” p. 108
• Which of these ideas resonates most with you? Why? If they all resonate, how do they differ?
“Making art depends upon noticing things-things about yourself, your methods, your subject matter.” p. 109
• What do you notice about yourself? What are your methods? Subject matter? The answers do not have to be limited to art related topics.
“The only work really worth doing- the only work you can do convincingly- is the work that focuses on the things you care about.” p. 116
“All this suggests a useful working approach to making art: notice the objects you notice.” Pg.101
• What do you care about? The answers do not have to be limited to art related topics.