“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” Plutarch
My day in the studio begins with starting a fire in the wood stove at about 6AM. I takes a while for the carriage house to really warm up. Breaking up kindling with a double edged ax that I plucked from a dumpster in the neighborhood this fall, tearing pages from a discarded 1940s Sears catalog, kneeling on the concrete floor, these actions are all part of what has become the ritual of getting the fire started in the morning.
Some times when I am building my little tepee of kindling over the crumpled paper I think of what a great analogy this process of getting a fire started is. It reminds me of how my creative process is much like starting a fire. There is this cold beginning to my work every morning. There is this commitment to create, that intentional push forward to make something happen. Every morning I have to get that fire started. I have made up my mind to do it and that decision to begin is more than half the battle allready done.