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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Fryderyk Chopin

"Simplicity is the highest goal, achievable when you have overcome all difficulties.  After one has played a vast quantity of notes and more notes, it is simplicity that emerges as the crowning reward of art."

Fryderyk Chopin
Polish Composer/Pianist
1810 - 1849

Have you achieved simplicity in your artistic works?  Or is your work full of complex, paradoxical ideas?  I have been accused of making things too simple — of boiling down complicated ideas to the simplest of ideas.  Writing haiku for seven years taught me a lot about simplicity.  Simplicity does not mean dumb or stupid or ignorant.  Sometimes the most brilliant ideas can be expressed in a few simple words.  Sometimes wisdom can be conveyed in a single brush stroke of black ink or a few notes on a piano. 

Take a break and relax to this piece by Chopin.  It may release your creative juices.