Backing away from the daily sketching of 2015, to observe more slowly and acutely.
Jane Hannah, a painter in Quebec cites Rilke to ask “Why create?” The answer applies to writing and drawing, and well beyond.
No one can advise or help you — no one. There is only one thing you should do. Go into yourself. Find out the reason that commands you to write; see whether it has spread its roots into the very depths of your heart; confess to yourself whether you would have to die if you were forbidden to write. This most of all: ask yourself in the most silent hour of your night: must I write? Dig into yourself for a deep answer. And if this answer rings out in ascent, if you meet this solemn question with a strong, simple “I must”, then build your life in accordance with this necessity; your whole life, even into its humblest and most indifferent hour, must become a sign and witness to this impulse. Then come close to Nature.
– Rainer Maria Rilke “Letters to a Young Poet”
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