The creative habit is like a drug. The particular obsession changes, but the excitement, the thrill of your creation lasts.
This is the “Draped Reclining Figure”, a bronze at the Hirshorn Museum (part of the Smithsonian) in Washing D.C. Henry Moore has several other bronze sculptures in the Hirshorn sculpture garden. I have seen them. This one looks to me like a women relaxing out on the grass after having been working all morning. My friends and I used sit under the maple on summer days in a very similar position.
I very much liked Moore’s quote, but when I read his name, I did not remember who he was, so of course I googled him. It was surprising to be reminded that I had seen his artwork first hand. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend a visit to the garden. It’s not big, but it has some amazing pieces, more than just Moore.
Moore is right about the creative habit being a drug. When I create something, there is a special sense of achievement, almost like a chocolate high. It happens when I write, when I make jewelry, when I knit, any time I make something new. This is why I can’t stop creating. Henry Moore understands this feeling. I think that our Draped Reclining Figure is pondering her next obsession.