Alison Garwood Jones

Milton Glaser on Attentiveness

March 14, 2023

Milton Glaser illustration by Alison Garwood-Jones

“Attentiveness is the great benefit of drawing.”

Milton Glaser said that. But becoming attentive to your life is a question for every human, not just artists.

To pay attention without preconceptions is massively challenging. As Milton explained it, too much belief spelled the end to observation and understanding.

Self-restraint, like listening, is an exercise in maturity, brute strength, and the softest of touches. Not many people present that combo.

And so we have our marching orders: connect the dots, observe what is, ask “Am I doing harm?” and hope that the iconic will rise from the force of your intuition.

Thank you, Milton.


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