Lynda Barry on being stuck

“When I find myself unable to draw or write, and when I’m stuck, I find that glueing bits of paper I’ve shaped with scissors into my composition notebook soothes me and helps me make something anyway. Just moving my hands and arranging shapes until they feel right together mends something in me. It feels very much like a certain kind of playing we do as kids. The pieces of paper have a feeling of entering into relationships with the other glued down pieces. It’s a kind of ‘playing house’ that puts something back under my feet. That working with images can transform not just our mood but also our disposition toward the world is a wonder.”

— Lynda Barry (via)