Alec Nevala-Lee

Thoughts on art, creativity, and the writing life.

“Paint me an apple that looks like an apple…”

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My son’s a painter. All through school his teachers tell him he’s a genius. I tell him to paint me an apple that looks like an apple before he paints me one that doesn’t. Go where you can go, but start from someplace recognizable. Making the simple complicated is commonplace; making the complicated simple, awesomely simple, that’s creativity.

Charles Mingus

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July 22, 2012 at 9:50 am

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