Artists and children both need the right combination of time, space, and materials to do their work.
As someone who creates stuff both casually and professionally, this really struck a chord with me. I find I can often end up spinning my wheels because the space I’m in is wrong, or the materials I need to accomplish my goals are missing. I especially feel the absence of time weigh on me when the thing I need to make still has open-ended questions. How can I formulate an answer when the question is still forming?
Kleon credit’s John T. Unger with originating the formula and Unger makes the interesting point “The trouble is, it’s almost impossible to get all three at once.” I’d never considered the fact that these 3 things may in fact be countervaling forces. That makes me feel less bad when I struggle to get the formula right.