I’ve been spending a lot of time at Danny Gregory’s website, Everyday Matters. Danny is an artist in NYC and the author of several books, including Everyday Matters and the forthcoming The Creative License. His essays on creativity and his drawings have been so inspiring that I’ve taken up pen and paper to start drawing in my free time. Danny urges new sketchers not to judge what they draw, but to get out there and “just do it” every day, draw from life, train your eye to see and learn more about your world.
What I’ve found from taking his advice is that the feeling I get from drawing is surprisingly the same as the feeling I got years ago when I first started practicing the guitar. A kind of innocent spirit, open to learning a new craft and all the excitement that goes along with a new experience. I can’t wait to spend time with my sketchbook, learning about and executing a proper perspective, drawing things as they look and not just relying on symbols we’ve tucked away in our brains. Now, that recaptured feeling is starting to spill over into my musical life again. It’s a great positive feedback loop, with the two disciplines urging each other on.
I began an email correspondence with Danny and he offered to send me a copy of his Everyday Matters book. In return for his gracious offer, I sent him a CD of my solo guitar playing and chamber jazz group. Today on his site, he posted a video showing him working on a sketch. He scored the clip with a track of my guitar playing from the CD. All I can say is…wow!
Thanks Danny, for the inspiration, insight and encouragement. You’re a real truthsayer.
(Permalink for Danny's original post mentioned above can be found here.)