Day 25 of 31 Days of Art:
Originality in Art

“Don't worry about your originality.
You couldn't get rid of it 
even if you wanted to. 
It will stick with you 
and show up for better or worse 
in spite of all you or anyone else can do.”

~Robert Henri 

The Art Spirit by Robert Henri is a worthwhile book to read if you're an artist.  It is filled, FILLED, with profound statements like the one above which really makes you think.   We all search for (or against) our originality.   Sometimes we want to shuck it like 1970's bell bottoms and other times we search for it high and low.   We can't shuck it.  We are who we are and it comes out in our artwork.    We have to learn to work with it.   


JDConwell said...

Yep, I think I'll try to find this book. LOVE the concept that our originality is stuck to us--I'm picturing the conflict like Peter Pan's fight with his shadow. :~)

Maureen said...

Great post Dixie! I to like this concept of our originality being stuck to us. I think this book may be a must read for me. Thanks for your post.

Anonymous said...

Love this quote! Thank you so much for sharing, Dixie!!

"Do not let what you cannot do
keep you from doing what you can do."

John Wooden