I was chatting with my sister about framing and putting up the following quote by Picasso in my new apartment: "I'm reading the paper; sitting around; I'm chatting; going for walks. But all of this is just perception. I'm actually working. Or rather: something is spinning around in my head and I'm just waiting to grab it and form it". This was a quote I read on the wall of a cafe in Swarovski Crystal World in Innsbruck. It's a quote that resonated with me as soon as I read it. I love it for how simply Picasso expresses that the sights and sounds of everyday life inspire his art.
My sister, on hearing the quote, was reminded by and pointed me to this monologue from Chekhov's 'The Seagull'. I found it to be absolutely brilliant - my favourite line being, "I see a cloud shaped like a grand piano. I think: I must mention somewhere in a story that a cloud went by, shaped like a grand piano."