15 March 2013

Keep Away from Idiots

Dorothea Tanning by Robert Bruce Inverarity (1948)

"Keep your eye on your inner world and keep away from ads, idiots and movie stars,
 except when you need amusement."—Dorothea Tanning

This was painter, sculptor, and writer Dorothea Tanning’s response when asked about advice for good-looking artists (in her memoir she had written that in her day it was seen as "unnatural" if an attractive young woman wanted to do something serious) but I believe her words apply to anyone who is trying to be creative, regardless of their looks. Stay focused and don't allow yourself to be distracted (unless the movie star is, say, Jon Hamm, then by all means, keep your eye on him!).

Have a lovely weekend everyone!

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