Friday, March 9, 2018

beyond preconceived notions

pencil ink watercolour on paper
The above images are from pages of handmade Lohbado books, part of the Club Morono library. Lohbado frequently bumped into people who disapproved of his pictures. Rather than dwell on that, an important thing to keep in mind: the key to melting creative block and entering into the realm of creative joy is to get beyond preconceived notions, to overcome the limitations of one's personality in order to allow rays of infinite nature to bathe one's mind. If you can overcome vanity or any ego ambition to impress anyone or to reproduce a familiar template, then whatever you're doing, in addition to hard work, discipline, mindfulness,  becomes effortless, spontaneous, playful, imaginative, interesting.

Or if you're doing something detail orientated and methodical, the work could take on a life of its own. In other words, you allow the art work to tell you what to do, rather than trying to impose your ego's preconceived notion of how you feel art should be.

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