One of the most important activities of an artist is admitting defeat. Another activity is trying and failing. Failing is not always about lack of ability, or lack of understanding. It is most often about trying to go places that are not familiar and that will never be familiar. Advice often given to young writers is, "Write what you know!" This is good advice for visual artists as well. Admitting defeat is more about admitting "a lack of emotional connection," than admitting "ignorance." Does that make sense? Let me be more clear. I am not ignorant of how bananas are made, but they do not instigate any important emotions in me. A powerful work of art can be made with bananas playing a central role, but I haven't done it. I admit defeat. Georgio de Chirico used them well in his painting, "The Uncertainty of the Poet" (see below).
To finish, the drawing I made yesterday exhibits information I understand. I have no bananas today!
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