Robert Frost once said:
“No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.”
Isn’t this true of all art forms?
I watch my wife Ann — a painter — grapple with her work in her studio. For hours. It’s the unexpected outcomes that work that thrill her most.
There are plenty of unexpected outcomes that go awry, that suck, let’s be honest.
Still — there’s a surge of satisfaction when something unexpected elevates the piece beyond where it was moments before.
That’s the kind of surprise we’re looking for when we work.
. . . . .
— Surprise yourself —