Spontaneity and great art are not companions

Sorry to disappoint you, but the widely popular notion of art as being the result of a spur-of-the-moment inspiration, of a bulb lighting up, is one that is generally false.  While the occasional imaginative flash will occur, the overwhelming body of enduring creative art is the result of long, grinding work, in hours and weeks and even years of endeavour, and the dictum applies across the genres. Such deliberate and committed application is behind the great music or painting; behind the inspiring dance or piece of literature; …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.

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