I have a notebook of drawings/writings done at a big Paul Klee show, done in London in about 2003, just before starting this blog. I'd like to copy the pages and blog it. I was analyzing/riffing on the... ideas that he used.And I did a series of posts about what were really instructions based on particular works, including Lesson 7, which included: "using a single line lazy eight movement, make a tree in the center w/ suitable background." If I look back at the post now, I can see the actual Paul Klee work that led me to write that, but today, as I was sitting at the café with the old notebook, I saw only the instructions, and I loosely took the instructions to heart as I idly worked my new Pelikan pen into the pages of the old, old notebook as we carried on an elaborate conversation:
Wonder where I put that.
Does that seem absurdly unconnected to the instructions? First, those are efforts ##2 and 3. Here's #1:
Second, it really doesn't matter whether the instructions are followed. This is not a test. It's just an inhibition killer, a way to jump start. Nothing matters, not even whether you like the results. It's only a pen journey, a Pelikan flight.