Notes from Lynda Barry

“Drawing cannot match the picture you have in your mind because the picture you have in your mind is not a drawing. This is easy to forget, and important to remember, otherwise we may mistake not being able to draw the picture we have in our mind as not being able to draw much of anything.”

“There is a point when ‘Do I like this drawing?’ becomes an obscene question.”

“Drawing to have an experience – rather than make a thing that is good or bad.”

Attended to rather than planned. Discovered rather than made.”

To do is to pay attention to.”

“What is the difference between attention and awareness?”

“Comparison will kill you.”

“Once I decided to keep everything in one notebook I found a partner and participant in keeping the words and pictures and ephemera that are part of day to day life. That feeling I have about wanting to write something or draw something or make notes about something or glue something down – my composition notebook holds all of it. It’s a place. A time and space.”

— Lynda Barry, notes (via)