Where Do We Begin? Sketches.

I was wanting
to accumulate
(just) stacks
of papers and notes
as I busied myself with more
writing and creating
and letting the stacks
of papers

like towers & skyscrapers
in a white city
as I busied myself
like Hephaestus
deep in the fiery trenches
grinding out work
after work

But now you see
I’ve reached (a peak?)
or at least
am still growing
in proficiency
we’ll say I’ve come a long way
let’s say

but now these stacks of papers
are about driving me mad
and now I think it’s time to get more
Is eyes-d
Organized, so…
where do we

Quinby: So why do you like sketches?

Jude: Sketches?

Quinby: Yea.

Jude: Well because they’re not finished. By definition, right? And so because they’re not finished, they feel more alive. There’s really no other way to put it. Well, there is. They are more raw. You know?

Quinby: Explain.

Jude: When something feels so ironed out and perfect, I think something is a lost in reaching that point. Because it’s done and there is no more elbow room, or any sort of room for growth or further development. But imperfection, or some sense of not being finished, is more true to life and living, and so quite naturally, those are the things that feel more alive to me.

I like a little grease on the edges. A little color outside the lines.

Put it this way, when you walk into any one of those fancy museums of the world housing the works of all the great masters, yea they’re all very beautiful but they also feel very old. Kind of stiff, even. Like a dusty grandfather clock or some frozen caveman. There are a few exceptions, in my opinion, like pretty much anything by Leonardo, Goya or El Greco, but that’s because those guys were able to give their images a sense of movement unlike most other people were doing at the time.

I think that’s why so many people dig Matisse or Picasso, because their images are more expressive, they’ve got movement. They have less to do with the thing being painted, and more to do with how the thing is perceived; and I think that angle is more exciting for the viewer. It allows for more room, both for the artist and for the rest of us too.

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