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"I highly recommend periods of no cellphone: for disconnectedness, quietness, and full attention to people you’re with and your thoughts and your surroundings.
I was missing out on emails from colleagues and Snapchats from my kids. I couldn’t book something immediately, make a reservation, look up a need-to-know-now fact. I couldn’t read on the train. I couldn’t tell what time it was — this was a big one, as I don’t have a watch and use my phone to tell time, and I realized I’m always worried I’m late! I watched these urges, and found them interesting. The best thing to do with urges is to be curious. So on trains, on walks, in a tea shop, I’d just watch my urges with curiosity. How did I get like this?
My world didn’t fall apart because I wasn’t productive every second of the day, and wasn’t on top of every message instantly.
I meditated as I walked outside, and sat on a train, or waited in line. I was actually aware of the present moment, much more often than usual.
When our lives are always connected, being disconnected can be a relief."
"I’m really interested in the concept of synesthesia, I tend to think in that way when I come up with new ideas. For example, rather than looking at a photo of some landscape for direct visual inspiration, I’ll think of a sound, emotion, movement, or something more abstract, and try to extrapolate an environment from that feeling."
"(These results have been confirmed by independent researchers at Northwestern University, who found that subjects in a messy room drew more creative pictures and were quicker to solve a challenging brainteaser puzzle than subjects in a tidy room.)"
"All of my pictures are created against a background of music. More often than not, my instinctive choice of composer or musical form for the day has the galvanizing effect of making me conscious of my direction… A favorite occupation of mine, some years back, was sitting in front of the record player as though possessed by a dybbuk, and allowing the music to provoke an automatic, stream-of-consciousness kind of drawing."
"Smith’s artwork represents a striving to reconcile the inner world of instinct and the tidal sweep of our emotional life, with an external world that is both beautiful and hostile in its natural grandeur. She attempts to map the place where these worlds intersect. The translucent layers of paint, contrasting soft ethereal brushwork and harder edged sweeping gestures, echo this divergence and depict a timeless place that hovers between dream and reality in a way that is simultaneously alluring and menacing. The work exhibits the struggle between and among the variety of human impulses: impulses that are as necessary as they are contradictory, and which therefore constantly undermine our psychic and social coherence even as they endow us with vitality, soul, and life."
"anatomy of a pattern most of my patterns start out as small doodles and sketches, I usually only draw it once (what I mean by that is that it’s like a gesture drawing - quick and fast) I don’t overdraw or redraw it - I find if I do that it becomes overworked. and the drawings are done with a felt pen and I scan them and do the repeating and reworking on photoshop, by using this program I find it makes it faster because I can scale an image rotate or flip them. but this latest print came about in an interesting way. on my print table I kept staring at the image made from the bure print being repeatedly printed on top of each other and I decided to take a photo of it and upload that onto photoshop and see what I come up with - and the image on the right is the result, I quite like it."