“Those who carry on their work as a demonstration of preconceived thesis may have the joys of egotistic success but not the fulfillment of an experience for its own sake.”
John Dewey, Art as Experience, p.144
I found this quote tucked in the binding of an old journal last week. I returned to it again today after a frustrating morning in battle with a painting. In an attempt to grow – and not just produce hundreds of little paintings that I know will work- I tried a larger piece again today. I used a bigger knife, larger shapes; all of the things I thought would fix the problem. I had progress, but not complete success. But today I remind myself that this is necessary for the journey.