clarity is elusive

 23 did you know

“I have no idea where I am going.”*

‘Creative people must accept that challenges never cease, failure can’t be avoided, and “vision” is an illusion.’**

‘Instead of giving us fully realised forms, Cézanne supplies us with layers of suggestive edges, out of which forms slowly unfurl.  Our vision is made of lines, and Cézanne has made the lines distressingly visible.’^

Our eyes sees lines; our brains fill in the rest.  If for whatever reason this doesn’t work then we ‘see the world as such a hopeless commotion of fragments.^

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If we can’t see the “lines,” the clarity we seek in life is difficult to find, too – and there’s always something we fail to see, always something new to see.

We need to find the kind of lines that will allow the bigger picture clarity to emerge.  We’re all able to find the lines of our curiosity, identify the lines of our talent, and practice the lines of your resulting “art.”  The rest will emerge, but these words from Pixar’s Ed Catmull are worth repeating:

‘Creative people must accept that challenges never cease, failure can’t be avoided, and “vision” is an illusion.’**

(*Thomas Merton, quoted in the Northumbria Community’s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Ed Catmull’s Creativity, Inc..  Pixar has to work very hard to produce a great movie out of the chaos and complexity of production – an illustration of life.)
(^From Jonah Lehrer’s Proust was a Neuroscientist.)

 

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