Source: Caffeinated Owl Chart by Dave Mottram. Prints available here.
I passionately hate the idea of being with it; I think an artist has always to be out of step with his time.
Learn to appreciate as an artist things as simple as the day; sleep; walking and running–a room–an ordinary phrase; to read instinct; to drink, to gaze at oneself or speak to oneself–to see afresh, in other words, what has been seen so often–but in its place.
In every field, there comes a time when we stop paying attention to examples of technical success. With the first telephones, televisions, and personal computers, people passed through an early stage of fascination with the medium itself, rather than the information being communicated.
Learn to appreciate as an artist things as simple as the day; sleep; walking and running – a room – an ordinary phrase; to read an instinct; to drink, to gaze at oneself or speak to oneself – to see afresh, in other words, what has been seen so often – but in its place.
Do not internalize the industrial model. You are not one of the myriad of interchangeable pieces, but a unique human being, and if you’ve got something to say, say it, and think well of yourself while you’re learning to say it better.