DAY 8 - HOW TO BE AN ARTIST / by Debra Matlock

Lesson 4: Art Is Not About Understanding. Or Mastery.

It is about doing and experience.

No one asks what Mozart means. Or an Indian raga or the little tripping dance of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers to “Cheek to Cheek” in Top Hat. Forget about making things that are understood. I don’t know what Abba means, but I love it. Imagination is your creed; sentimentality and lack of feeling your foe. All art comes from love — love of doing something.

(From Jerry Saltz’s How to Be an Artist.)

Ginger & Fred

Ginger & Fred

“All art comes from love.” In these times, that will have to become a mantra. It’s too easy to hate.