Intentional Observation: First shared parental observation

From a post titled 10 Things I learned from Anne Lamott (Via sculptor and mother Sarah Irani):

“Having a child can help you slow down, which is one of the first steps toward paying attention” – love this, though, I will admit a certain level of agony in the slowing down. Makes you feel mental, like you are forced to crawl through life stopping to look at every last rock, leaf, ladybug. Perhaps [Anne Lamott] is saying, yeah, that’s the point.

And then:

“Wasting paper; staring off into space” – Efficiency is not the way ahead. The way ahead is printing out drafts of our work so we can see it on paper and mark it up, not worrying about how much paper we’re using. The way ahead is staring off into space and letting our subconscious kick in even if we’ve been told that such behavior is a waste of time. Efficiency cannot be the #1 priority of the artist. So true.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

One Response to Intentional Observation: First shared parental observation

  1. It definitely changes your paradigms, you realize that you either get your priorities straight or you’ll quickly fail as a parent.

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