[<em>Seth Apter of</em> The Altered Page<em> is conducting a </em><a href=”http://thealteredpage.blogspot.com/2010/07/buried-treasure-2010.html&#8221; target=”_blank”><em>Buried Treasure</em></a><em> hunt and encouraged bloggers to resurrect one of their favorite long ago posts. I like this one. Next, back to the normal sturm and drang of the present.</em>]</p>

The moment you get up to get your sketchbook to draw, why do you do it? What makes you want to make a sketch your sketchbook? Do you do it for you or does knowing other people will want to see it get you to do it? Is it an obsession? I don’t understand drawing constantly and not hanging it up unless it is a preliminary drawing for a project. If you are accomplished at drawing anything, why do it over and over?
Still in a rut and still depressed and with much gratitude for you,

Gee whiz, Annette, you do sound like you’re in a funk.
Why whistle in the shower?
Why cook a new recipe for your family?
Why tell a joke?
Why put an outfit together?
Why style your hair?
Why arrange some flowers in a vase?
Why read a novel?
Why watch one movie instead of another?
Why not wear a uniform?
Or eat the same Value Meal at McD’s every day?
Why not shave your head?
Why not get a job at the DMV?
Come on outta the rut. It’s Springtime!
Or do you need to know why the bulbs are pushing out daffodils?

Your pal,
Danny Gregory

[Originally published on: Jul 19, 2008 @ 0:01]

1 thought on “Why?”

  1. hi am about the same age of you son
    i read you book about you wife story im sorry and this story will stay in my head
    ( sorry for my english i live in france french but i also have canadian origins ^^)
    i love your stuff your sketchbook i did two sketchbook but i wondered how you do, do take a picture some time cos people have to move or once i was in my favorite restaurant and there was a stroller and a baby and was starting to draw but they moved the baby so no more baby in the draawing then they clothes in it and finally when i just needed to draw on wheel but of course they put back the baby and moved the stroller ( did they do it on purpose or what i was mad but i did a good job on my drawing i think they heard me screaming at them XD )
    keep on d drawing your so good at it lots of people like it and your so lucky to be good friends with tommy kane the puppy is so cute
    i wondered if you could visite my blog and tell little advice cos i want to enter to an art university and it’s best to do a sketchbook and i m not that great at it it’s hard to draw outside or in a coffee place blablabla im sorry i talk to much but you sound like a great guy thank at you and tommy kane i knew about moleskine and sketchbook ( and thanks to manga who bring me back to drawings ^^) bye bye


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