Sunday, April 8, 2007

Why Art is Like Fishing

1. Because you have to enjoy the process of it. It’s called fishing, not catching.

2. Both art and fishing require a combination of skill and luck. You put yourself in the right place, at the right time with the right equipment. You look for signs. You read the water and the movement of birds and head where it looks auspicious. But in the end, it is a spark of chance (or magic even) that delivers the fish or the artwork.

3. Every day is different – some days are empty, and some are so full of catching you can barely keep up.

4. A really big fish feeds a lot of people. A good artwork will too. But a small one can be just as fun to catch and sometimes even more tasty.

5. “You’ve got to put in your hours for your inches” as one fishing friend says. It takes time and dedication, which is why point #1 is so important.

6. The possibilities are infinite. You never know for certain what you might see and what you might catch. The sea is a magical liquid world that hides, and sometimes reveals, its wonders.

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