From Joan Miró’s notebook:

  • Remain a self-taught amateur as for technique – that way I will do lovely work.
  • Put tin cookie boxes in front of me and, looking at the shapes suggested by the imperfections and reflections, draw them almost automatically on the metal, using a magnetic needle.
  • Inscribe magic signs on bones and wood.
  • Pyrograph pumpkins, which have first been painted with white tempera, and once they are drawn, add a little colour.
  • Think about William Blake when doing the self-portrait.
  • Always have the Bible open when I am sculpting; that will give me a sense of grandeur and of gestation of the world.

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