Yeah, right!  I am supposed to be grocery shopping, working on a couple of projects, cleaning my house (it smells a wee bit funky), and just doing these day to day bits of normal productive life.  I mean, the food situation here at the homestead is just a bit desperate.  You know what I’m doing?  Reading Danny Gregory’s blog.  For all you art journal junkies out there, his books are great and get back to the basics- namely, drawing everyday stuff, stuff from one’s actual life rather than copying the masters, etc.  I personally have a tendency to draw my coffee cups, but occasionally I branch out and draw a room or playground or doing the art projects assigned to the students at school.  I pretend that this is productive, but it is only personally productive; however, it makes daily life just a little more significant.  The only problem is, my coffee is usually cold by the time I get around to actually drinking it!

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And hey, figuring the ins and outs of digital imaging doesn’t hurt the “productivity” aspect of my coffee cup “project” either!! 

An aside- new altered Moleskine up on Etsy, with a Henry Miller quote discovered via Danny Gregory, actually…

miller1 “Every man, when he gets quiet, when he becomes desperately honest with himself, is capable of uttering profound truths.”  -Henry Miller

When I read Tropic of Cancer in college, I got about halfway through before tossing the book aside; sure, Miller deserved credit for pushing the envelope and widening people’s preconceived notions of what could be considered literature, but I just did not like his writing.  I used the bs approach on my exams and never finished the book or read anything else of Miller’s until I came across a bunch of his quotes in Gregory’s book The Creative License.  I have since revised my opinion of Miller in general; however, does anyone else think maybe revising a novel multiple times to up the filth factor may have been a disservice to his own artistic ability?  Maybe that’s just me…  Maybe my personal affinity for the poetic makes me biased.  But I still like my art beautiful- even filth can be rendered beautifully- Walt Whitman wrote of dirt and worms and it was still amazing. 

However, I once again digress…  Riddle me this:  what’s your favorite book and why?


3 thoughts on “Productivity

  1. You know I just sat here and typed a long comment, only to make a mistake and have it disappear! Okay let’s try again! We have several things in common – I too am an “artsybibliomaniac” (I love that blog name) as I love books and art! I also LOVE to draw my COFFEE CUPS! You can look at my blog and see several times I’ve donen that: I haven’t read Miller although it doesn’t sound like I’ve missed much. Walt Whitman – now that’s worth reading – love his Leaves of Grass. Thanks for this post and for sharing! Great coffee cup drawings.

  2. Nice sketching. I really don’t know Miller’s works but I do like Walt Whitman. He’s my favorite poet although I have to admit to not reading too much poetry. If it’s too free I don’t get it and if it’s too old-fashioned I don’t get it either. Walt Whitman was clear, wrote about everyday things and feelings, and I could understand him.

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