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Wise Words?

April 14, 2011

While flipping through an old college sketchbook I came across the following quote from my wise and talented creative cohort, Sharon:

“You only have one butt and it can only sit in one chair at a time.”

–Sharon Sebastian 4/16/01

This struck me for two reasons. The first being that I wrote this down ten years ago, almost to the exact day. And the second being, what the heck does this mean?

I’m thinking it has something to do with patience. For most of my life I was an unmedicated ADD space case who could never sit still long enough to finish a drawing. It wasn’t until around the turn of the century that I finally learned how to focus, and see things through to the end. So maybe that’s what Sharon was talking about.

This drawing of the swimming pool at my old apartment is from the same sketchbook. I remember the night I drew this. And I remember forcing myself to stay put, long after my initial enthusiasm wore off. I had something of an artistic break through when I finally learned to sit my butt in the chair (or in some cases on the ground).

Of course, just like every lesson, I’ve had to relearn this one many times. It might be time for that again.

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