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Leftover thoughts from 2001

These doodles came out of an idle moment sometime in the summer of 2001. I was doodling and started thinking about

I'm feeling much better now, thanks.

Another bout of moodiness endured. I have moments where I want to change the whole damn world all at once and beat myself up for not having done it yet. They don't exactly represent the best parts of my personality, but I've learned over the years that they are integral to my process. The feeling that I haven't done enough keeps me doing things. The feeling that nothing is quite good enough keeps me improving myself.


No pre. No post. No anti.

Tearing things down, rejecting the past or trying to crawl back into it outright are no way to build anything new. What has happened has happened, you can't change it and you can't ignore it. You can't take something away without offering something better. These just aren't ways to capture people's imaginations en masse, not in any meaningful way. The only way to build something new and better is to found it solidly in what is past, then hide that foundation in brilliant new construction. It doesn't matter about the rest of the crap off to the sides.


Welcome to my process

Tristen
Tristen

So this is how it works with me:


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