How do we get out of this mess

Passion. Totally undervalued commodity.

“Follow your Bliss” Joseph Campbell said. So that’s what I did. I took a sweet payout from work and spent my time being creative. Drawing and painting to throw away. Making mistakes part of the process. Daring myself and seeing what I could do. It might have been one of the best months of my life. But the grown up kept popping in my head. ‘Got to pay the mortgage’, ‘got to get a soul eating job pretending to care’. Fuck it. For now – live in the moment, be passionate. Care so much about something that the world disappears.

MAT PICKLES

Get to that place where nothing turns into something. It's so sweet there. Alex Grey calls it an echo of the big bang. The ultimate nothing meeting something that took place at the start of the universe. All subsequent acts of creativity are tiny echos rippling through time. Or some hippy bullshit like that.

The Process

The best things in life happen in the tiny gap between failure and complete, unbridled play.

The best concerts I’ve been to could have collapsed into disaster at any moment. Keith Richards wrote all his best music in that state. The Stooges entire career looked like the moment before an implosion. 

I try to occupy that place when I create art. Mistakes are not only acceptable but they are essential. One stroke can completely kill a picture or take it to the next level. I don’t get it right every time but I paint to throw away. Its the best strategy

The Process