Journal – Page 1

Tuesday 8 of November 2022

Embracing creativity and playfulness

The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labour and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or playing. To him, he’s always doing both.

James A. Michener
Transformations Op. 7 (2021)

Creativity is NOT a talent, it is a way of operating

John Cleese

How often do you play?

Do you notice how people have different ways of playing?

Phrase of the week: functional fixedness (I’ve been calling in “fixation”).

My job is FULL of this stuff. Things are done this way just because they are.

If the purpose is more important than the act of doing is probably not play.

Stuart Brown

A seed in the wrong place might never grow

An answer is not really an answer if it is too complex to be remembered

Where are my blind spots?

I must have been between 7 or 8 y/o. I was about to wash my hands, and holding the soap there was this plastic soap container in the shape of a duck, a yellow cartoonish duck. It must have been there for years, until one day I noticed for the first time. I was fascinated by it, I still don't know why. I picked it up, start looking at this as this was the first time, its materiality, its color, its shape. It was an incredible feeling of wonder and curiosity. It was a beautiful moment. 

Open mode vs close mode

Questioning
Play
What brings you to playful mode
Painting
Trying to mess up
One of the most important things is to NOT block yourself beforehand. The moment you say “I couldn’t do that because of x” you have already lost.

What makes a great artist? Be ready to fail.

Marina Abramovic

Parallels with meditation


Exercises