THERE SHOULD BE NEW RULES NEXT WEEK
In my bathroom, above my toilet, hangs 1960's artist, Corita Kent's 10 Rules Poster. Corita was a special one. She was born Francis Elizabeth Kent in Fort Dodge, Iowa (#fellowmidwesterner) a little over 100 years ago. At the age of 18, she entered what was known to be a progressive, and creatively-forward convent, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart. She ultimately went on to get a master's at the University of Southern California and eventually take on the role of an art teacher, and head of the art department, at Immaculate Heart College in LA. It was here, in 1968, that she came up with her 10 rules some of which include being self-disciplined and not creating and analyzing at the same time (follow that advice and it will transform your creative process). But Rule #7 is printed bigger than the rest, and it reads:
The only rule is work. If you work it will lead to something. It's the people who do all of the work all of the time who eventually catch on to things.
But remember, this was the 1960s. What did work mean then? What did "all of the time" mean 60 years ago? What was "the work" she was talking about?