Lately I’ve felt as though my creative life could use a mild infusion of irreverence…As though I could benefit from hiring a voice-over artist to whisper in my ear every now and then with reminders like, “It’s okay to spend a year writing that Gothic novel you’ve always dreamed of,” or, “Gosh darn it, stop working on the projects you think will get you noticed and start working on the ones you just plain love.” Although hiring a smooth talker for this purpose would be a gross mismanagement of funds if ever I saw one, following these words of advice, throwing caution to the wind, and approaching my passion projects with more – uhh – passion and less practicality would be anything but a mismanagement of time. And, since I’ve wandered through the past few weeks feeling this ache for some kind of catalyst to kick me in my play-it-safe pants, I could have sworn I heard a Barry White impersonator hop onto my shoulder and start cooing the other day when I stumbled across this Saul Bass quote on the glorious beast that is the Internet…
“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.”
This idea of working and doing every other thing we do for the sole purpose of creating beauty is something I’m really going to try to live by in the coming months, and I can only hope it will make me feel centered and more happy with my artistic endeavors. In the process of shrugging off (or at the very least postponing) scavenger hunts for the approval of others, I will likely produce some scripts, paintings, and short stories that will never find an audience, but – the way I see it – I’m bound to do that anyway. So, I figure we all may as well just dive into the depths of our passion projects – if we’re lucky we’ll come up for air with a piece of work that catches someone’s eye, and if we’re even luckier we’ll never feel the need to come up for air to begin with.. Are you with me? Leave a comment.
You can find the above print (in a variety of colors, no less) in EeeBee & Jack’s Etsy Shop.