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Wednesday, March 21, 2018


If I can play piano I should also be able to draw. They are both manual skills, both "creative" and subject to improvement through study and practice. One is not especially visual, and the other is intensely visual, and so there are differences, but I think the progress I've made in piano is significant. If I put that much into drawing it would pay off, but I haven't, obviously. At one point I did put in some effort and did improve. I don't do other "manual" things except type and write by hand, a little cooking. Ceramics would be satisfying; my mom is very good thrower of pots on the wheel. I am drawn more to calligraphy. Something visual would be nice to counteract my intensely auditory focus. I guess there's nothing wrong with choosing one's art forms and neglecting others, but I believe that everyone should be able to draw at least with a minimal competence and I'm not there yet.  


Vance Maverick said...

Hi Jonathan -- this query is not relevant to your post, I'm afraid. I'm pretty sure it was on this blog that I read about the conservative tendency of many proverbs -- "vernacular" or "popular" conservatism, perhaps. But I don't remember the term used, or whether it was a fixed phrase from somewhere or a one-off. Does this ring a bell?

(Better to keep silent and be thought a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.)

Jonathan said...

Nice to hear from you, Vance. Try this post for example: https://prosedoctor.blogspot.com/2013/03/ur-proverbs.html

Vance Maverick said...

Thanks! The word "cynical" did cross my mind, and if I had tried searching for it, I would have gotten there.

I was thinking of this in connection with a Yeats play where the chorus turns cynical in the conclusion (exodus?).

Jonathan said...

I'd forgotten the word "cynical" in that context. I am very proud of myself.