October 22nd, 2007

Inspiration

You're Fooling Yourself

You're fooling yourself when you read quotes like this:

The attitude that nature is chaotic and that the artist puts order into it is a very absurd point of view, I think. All that we can hope for is to put some order into ourselves.
---Willem de Kooning


First, I'm not sure that his summary of an attitude is a real attitude held by others. It seems more like a task than an orientation: and interviews with artists reflect it that way.

Second, and most important, I don't think we are very good at putting order into ourselves. Part of the day's task for me is trying to create order in my day, so I can plan what resources I need. But I find it's always useful to have extra clothes around for Joy.