211 art is work

animal skulls | year of creative habits I read a great section of Imagine last night that really fits with my post yesterday about doing the work. It's a story about Milton Glaser:

Glaser is eighty years old, but he still works in a small studio on East Thirty-second Street in Manhattan. It's a cluttered space, the white walls hidden by old art posters, colorful prints for 1980s rock concerts, and art books stacked ten high. Above the front door, chiseled into the glass, is the slogan of the studio: ART IS WORK.

For Glaser, the quote summarizes his creative philosophy. "There's no such thing as a creative type," he says. "As if creative people can just show up and make stuff. As if it were that easy. I think people need to be reminded that creativity is a verb, a very time-consuming verb. It's about taking an idea in your head, and transforming that idea into something real. And that's always going to be a long and difficult process. If you're doing it right, it's going to feel like work."


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