Monday, March 12, 2012

Dancing on the Head of a Pin

Wikipedia says that the question "How many angels can dance on the head of a pin?" is a metaphor for "wasting time debating topics of no practical value." To me, thought, it's a metaphor for painting.

Painting feels like trying to balance on a very small point.  You need to "dance" -- to feel free, act freely, move with grace -- while keeping a lot of rules in mind (yet staying prepared to reject them), paying very close attention (but not too much), and remaining poised to stop, change, or even reverse yourself at any given moment.  More often than not, I can't make it work.  But it's fascinating to try.

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