Art Quote of the Day

“These sudden inspirations…..never happen except after some days of voluntary effort which has appeared absolutely fruitless and whence no good seems to have come, where the way taken seems totally astray. These efforts then have not been as sterile as one thinks:they have set agoing the unconscious machine and without them it would not have moved and would have produced nothing.”

The evidence is overwhelming that creative ideas do not come in isolation. Gold miners have to pan through lots of worthless gravel to find a precious nugget.  The experience of a breakthrough is not limited to artists. It happens to mathematicians and scientists as well. The above quote comes from the mathematician Henri Poincare. This entire post today comes from a book called, The Blank Canvas – Inviting the Muse, by Anna Held Audette