Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere…

Jim Jarmusch on creativity:

“Nothing is original. Steal from anywhere that resonates with inspiration or fuels your imagination. Devour old films, new films, music, books, paintings, photographs, poems, dreams, random conversations, architecture, bridges, street signs, trees, clouds, bodies of water, light and shadows. Select only things to steal from that speak directly to your soul. If you do this, your work (and theft) will be authentic. Authenticity is invaluable; originality is non-existent. And don’t bother concealing your thievery – celebrate it if you feel like it. In any case, always remember what Jean-Luc Godard said: “It’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to.

 

 

This is one of my favorite quotes of all time.  When I think I’m being entirely original that’s when my ego emerges and my work suffers.  If I take note of my inspiration (creative theft), then my work is often more authentic.  Thank you Jim Jarmusch and Jean-Luc Godard, “it’s not where you take things from – it’s where you take them to”.  Indeed.

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gratitude, existentialism & Woody Allen

Lillibridge, Dakota 1966, chaos doodle

“I took a test in Existentialism. I left all the answers blank and got 100.” —Woody Allen

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/existentialism
…the plight of the individual who must assume ultimate responsibility for acts of free will without any certain knowledge of what is right or wrong or good or bad”

I love this Woody Allen quote. I feel like every day is a test in Existentialism. I think perhaps even my doodles reflect the tension of the human experience. I am generally a pretty happy person—however, to wake up in the morning with some gratitude in my heart instead of dread and fear has taken years of stumbling, awkward practice. All we can do is try—some days we just might get it sort of right.